In February 1981, the estate of Alan Loke gave PAM notice to deliver vacant possession of the premises before 1 April 1981 as they had sold Loke Hall to Intan Development Sdn Bhd which intended to demolish the PAM Centre Building and the adjoining properties which were part of Loke Hall. The proposal to demolish Loke Hall and redevelop the site drew much public concern. PAM, conservationists and concerned members of the public made representation to the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) or KL City Hall. Consequently DBKL decided to acquire Loke Hall. The then Datuk Bandar (Mayor) Y Bhg Tan Sri Dato’ Elyas Omar, on 24 December 1983 wrote to PAM of restoration and refurbishment works to the building. Subsequently PAM’s proposal was submitted to the Datuk Bandar (Mayor of Kuala Lumpur) and accepted. Before this, it used to be as Loke Hall and Empire Hotel.