New Hotel in Westend
Prince George , B.C. – The lot has been cleared, now all that is needed is construction to start.
The lot is at the corner of Marleau Road and Highway 16 frontage road west . It will be home to a new hotel.
The developers are building what they call a “Microtel” Inn for Wyndham. The hotel will be 87 rooms and will have an added feature of a water slide. The site will also have a restaurant, although the developers have yet to divulge the operators of that restaurant. They will only say at this point it will be a “franchise” and will likely serve lunch and dinner.
In a presentation to the Design Committee for the City of Prince George, there was one burning question, will there be a sidewalk hotel guests can use to get to and from the Westgate shopping centre on the opposite side of Marleau Road?
Marleau Road and the Frontage Road are not equipped with sidewalks, and the gravel shoulders are narrow. Add to that a lack of lighting, and there are concerns about the safety of anyone walking over to the big box stores.
There is no quick answer to that. Under the development standards, new construction is expected to install a sidewalk to tie into the existing sidewalk. Since there is no existing sidewalk, the builder may request a variance permit to skip that requirement. In cases where there is no existing sidewalk Council has, in the past, approved such a variance.
The hotel will be similar to the Wyndham hotel in Estevan Saskatchewan which opened in 2012. The developer is also looking to build in Ft. St. John and in Kitimat.
The finished Prince George version will be pet friendly. Builders hope to have it to lock up by the time the snow arrives later this fall.