Surrey’s infamous Flamingo faces last call as condo towers planned
The infamous Flamingo Hotel and its associated strip bar and lounges in Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood was demolished in June to make room for a trio of residential highrises.
Since 2005, Tien Sher Group of Cos. and its president, Charan Sethi, have been sparking redevelopment in Surrey’s Whalley district with a series of mixed-use new home condominium developments in the blocks around King George Highway and 108th Street.
Tien Sher celebrated the dramatic next phase of redevelopment by holding a neighbourhood farewell party on the block containing the historically notorious Flamingo Hotel, Panchos and Lefty’s bar and the Byrd exotic dance review.
“We have been rebuilding Whalley for the last 13 years and we are now taking the next step of the revitalization with three iconic towers. which will visibly welcome visitors and residents into Surrey City Centre as they drive up King George Highway from the Pattullo Bridge,” Sethi said as he balanced a hammer at the site. “We’ve designed a walkable community to bring 3,000-plus residents and a number of new businesses to the neighbourhood where you can live, shop and work.”
The demolition drew Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum and about 200 local citizens. Pyrotechnics erupted as McCallum took the first blow at the Flamingo with a backhoe. Hammers and heavy equipment continued the demolition of what had included one of the last stripper bars in the Lower Mainland.
The Flamingo was built in 1955 and the Byrd “live nude girls” review opened in the mid-’70s. The entire complex was closed down last February.