Argus eyes new Kelowna hotel development

If a sudden interest in building hotels is a measure of a city’s economic well-being, then things are looking good for Kelowna.

While Westcorp’s 24-storey tower hotel proposal is continuing to jump through all the right hoops (see story A1), another hotel will soon be scrutinized in the public sphere.

Ryan Smith, the City of Kelowna’s urban planning manager, said his department is reviewing a proposal from Argus Properties.

In the area of Manhattan and Sunset Drive, the Kelowna-based developer would like to build a 26-storey hotel.

“They’ve made their development application for a rezoning and development permit,” he said.

Right now, city staff is doing a review where the design of the building and its suitability for the neighbourhood are being scrutinized.

“Once we’re done that we will provide feedback to the developer,” he said.

The lot that’s being viewed isn’t zoned for anything like a 26-storey hotel at the moment—it went from light industrial to commercial in 2011— but that won’t necessarily be a problem.

“With all the towers in the area there, there’s a growing context for that element,” said Smith.

That said, Smith pointed out that staff hadn’t landed on a position about the proposal just yet.

What he would say is that it’s exciting to see so much development in downtown Kelowna.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had this much interest,” he said.

The proposal will likely make its way to city council late this summer.

A request for an interview from the developer went unanswered.

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