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Port Haney hotel takes another step

Seiko Huang displays drawings if a hotel at the end of 224th Street. - The News file photo
Seiko Huang displays drawings if a hotel at the end of 224th Street.
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Construction of a new hotel overlooking the Fraser River in Port Haney could start in the new year.

HSH Hotel Inc., wants a development permit to allow it to build a 125-room hotel and conference halls along with shops, three restaurants, a swimming pool and gym at 22379 – 116th Ave.

If Maple Ridge council approved the permit Tuesday, developer Seiko Huang would only need a building permit and financing before construction starts on the Holiday Inn Maple Ridge, sometime in the new year.

“We are doing the drawings because we need final approval from Holiday Inn,” Huang said last week. “So we need to go ahead very fast.”

The project got first reading in 2011 and a year later went to second reading and public hearing.

According to a staff report, the application was given a one-year extension until next February to complete financing and make some minor changes.

But those were done sooner than expected, allowing the application to get to Tuesday’s meeting.

Maple Ridge staff say the hotel would help promote the tourism value of the Port Haney area and add vibrancy to the area, particularly to 224th Street, which is the main pedestrian venue to Haney Wharf and the West Coast Express.

Originally, the building was to be concrete, but cost considerations have led to the use of wood construction for the four-storey hotel section.

As well, underground parking will be only two levels instead of three, while a green roof over the hotel portion has also been scratched. The building would still aim for silver certification under the Leadership in Energry and Environmental Design program. Low-flow plumbing, LED lighting in public areas, occupancy sensors in low-use areas, energy-efficient windows and sun shading along with efficient irrigation and heating ventilation and air conditioning systems are some of the features considered.

A report notes that public space would be provided on 224th Street and Callaghan Avenue, with more landscaping at Callaghan and the Haney Bypass, where traffic lights would be installed. A lower landscaped and garden area would give guests a view overlooking the Fraser River.

The main entrance to the hotel would be off 116th Avenue. A gym, swimming pool, cafe and outdoor patio would be on the same level.

Total construction area is 4,612 sq. metres, while the site itself is just more than an acre. Granite stone and warm colours would be used for the exterior so the building blends with the heritage tone of Port Haney.

The project would have had to start by then or begin the reapplication process anew.

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