Maple Ridge council approved construction of the H.S.H Hotel and Convention Centre in Port Haney on Tuesday.
The proposed 125-room hotel – between 116th and Callaghan Avenues on 224th Street – will include commercial space for retailers and a restaurant, plus a pool, conference space, banquet halls, and two-and-a-half levels of underground parking.
“We are very happy we received support from the [District] and we are going to break ground as soon as possible,” developer Seiko Huang told The TIMES.
“We’d like to make it happen before the end of the year and we are just waiting for loan approval from the bank.”
Reaction among mayor and council has been “nothing but excitement,” said District communication manager Fred Armstrong.
“It was unanimously passed by council and we all feel it is an exciting transformation for Port Haney.”
They’re not the only ones excited by this news.
“This project has been almost 17 years in the making,” said Huang.
“We are very excited things are moving ahead; it will take approximately two years for construction, and so we anticipate a 2016 opening.”
From an economic perspective it was a long-time coming, said Councillor Michael Morden.
“We are very happy the development permit stage has been completed,” he said. “The only piece left with this is the larger picture regarding hotels and how we tax them.”
The low-rise, three-storey hotel complex will have a historic theme to the design, and will be built with sustainable practices and green roof technology, and designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.
“There has been an intensive amount of development that’s occurred across the highway,” Armstrong noted.
“There is a new condo development right across the street from the hotel for sale,” he said, noting the residential project was one of the first buildings to qualifiy under our Town Centre Investment Incentive Program.
The program, which finishes in December, was to kick-start development in the Town Centre to create density and an urban core for the community.
Total uptake on the program is close to $100 million of construction.
“It’s been quite successful,” Armstrong said.
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