New hotel proposal revised

The company wanting to build a hotel on Broadway Avenue South will provide adequate parking.

The company wanting to build a hotel on Broadway Avenue South will provide adequate parking.

In January Williams Lake Ventures Inc. asked if it could provide less parking than required and was told no.

Last week city council received a new application from the company requesting a height variance, but no parking variance.

“This new application isn’t asking for a parking variance,” Mayor Kerry Cook said during Tuesday’s regular council meeting. “They’ve reduced it from 50 rooms to 36.

Thirty-six times l.5 means they will have to provide 45 parking spots that are required.”

The height variance is required because of changes to the original plan, explained general manager of planning and operations Geoff Goodall.

“In the new plan, the ground around the hotel is slightly lower and the average height of the building has changed, but physically the building hasn’t changed,” he said.

Staff will now issue a notice of application to property owners and tenants within a 100 metre radius of the subject property.

The application, comments and recommendations will be brought back to council for further consideration.

After the meeting, principal architect Dieters Greiner said it’s great to be one step closer.

“Hopefully we’ll get the permit. The parking is solved, so it should be fine.”

Williams Lake Ventures has built hotels in White Rock and Dawson Creek previously and are hoping to build more, Greiner said.