Hotel development proposal on Alaska Ave waiting for Minister of Environment

A development proposal by Mainland Investments Inc. features an 83 unit hotel on Alaska Avenue with a swimming pool, fitness centre, and meeting room. The proposed hotel has 5,731 square metres in gross floor area and is three storeys in height.

Mainland Investments had purchased two lots for this purpose — 1324 and 1400 on Alaska Ave.

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It was intended to be discussed at the March 11 council meeting, but according to the City, it was put on hold because of the Ministry of Environment.

“There was a contamination, but we hired a company. The land is good enough now. There is no more contamination and it has met all the standards,” said Paul Singh with Mainland Investments. ”We are just waiting to hear back from [the Ministry of Environment].”

Singh presented as a delegate to council at the March 25 to protest CN recommendations for a 15m setback.

“Before buying this land, we did all the due diligence to see our zoning and our setbacks, and we were never told CN has those rules,” he noted, saying they want a 2m setback. “We don’t know what to do with all these setbacks.”

Staff emphasized they, however, are recommendations, not requirements.

The Local Government Act also requires that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) approves the Development Permit before the local government can issue it.

Council has not formally looked at the permit.

“We can’t proceed until the Ministry of Environment gives us the OK to deal with the permit,” said Mayor Dale Bumstead.

Council, however, noted they want to get this moving one way or another. Bumstead said he didn’t want the Ministry “sitting on it for two to six months,” asking staff to ask the Ministries of Environment and Transportation to expedite it. Councillor Jerimy Earl noted the short construction window in the region.

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