If Terrace and area was a Monopoly board then we would be seeing a number of those little red hotel markers appearing here and there.
Last night city council granted development permits to what is called the Sung Soo Kim Hotel Development for a complex to be located on 5112 Highway 16 West beside the Canadian Tire.
The hotel will have 93 rooms spanning four storeys and construction is planned to begin before the end of 2014.
A variance on maximum height for a building in the C3 commercial zone from 9 metres to 17 metres was also approved by city council last night.
Another permit was also granted which will allow the company to develop 44 metres of Brooks St. which runs north up the east side of the development between it and Canadian Tire. This is to aid entry and exit of the parking area for the hotel.
Originally the company had wanted to apply for two development permits at once to build a second piece of property right beside this one, however city sustainability coordinator Tara Irwin told council that the developer has opted for a phased approach.
Previously the developer said part of the property needed environmental reclamation work done before it could be developed.
The permit mandates that construction has to begin within 12 months from now and the city has a $150,000 deposit held against this and other requirements such as landscaping requirements outlined in Terrace’s Official Community Plan.
This is the fourth hotel project announced in Terrace and Thornhill in the past year and a half. The only other one to be at the development stage is the Sunshine Inn being constructed just down the highway about 2 kilometres east, beside Kalum Tire.
In Thornhill there is a Holiday Inn Express hotel planned, and back in Terrace, on the old Co-op lands on Greigh Ave., Superior Lodging of Calgary is waiting for environmental work to be completed by the previous owners before constructing another 100-room hotel.