Plans are moving forward for the next major international hotel in Kelowna’s growing Airport Business Park.
Argus Properties wants to supppliment the Sheraton hotel it has already built on Airport Way with a six-storey, 140-room Hampton Inn and Suites on Innovation Drive, across from the YLW.
Council showed some support for the project when it rezoned the property to allow for the hotel earlier this year. Now, Argus is asking for a slight variance to the height restrictions on the property.
In its application to council, the developer says the hotel is planned as a “complimenting product” to the existing Sheraton but will be “focused on a slightly different traveller and sector of the market.”
As traffic at Kelowna International Airport continues to increase, as many as 800 new hotel rooms are set to enter the city’s marketplace.
Argus says it wants to “play a larger role” in the growth of the community surrounding the airport.
“We foresee the natural evolution of a greater network of businesses and increasing commercial and industrial activity surrounding the Airport and UBCO, leading to the need for additional hotel space along with good supporting services and nearby conveniences,” it says in its application.
It says the new Hampton hotel will help that by bringing “a higher level of activity to the immediate area” by pulling in additional traffic from the highway that would have otherwise driven or taken a shuttle into Kelowna proper.
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