Port Haney hotel takes another step

HSH Hotel Inc., wants a development permit to allow it to build a 125-room hotel and conference halls along with shops and more.

Seiko Huang displays drawings if a hotel at the end of 224th Street.

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.

Just Posted

Weavers and spinners to kick off holiday shopping

The Whonnock Weavers and Spinners’ 38th annual exhibit and sale takes place Nov. 25

Strong support for Pitt Meadows transportation projects

Overpass/underpass projects get majority support

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead in Maple Ridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Ridge Meadows Hospital parking is still pay, but streets free

Surrey has removed meters on streets, asking Fraser Health for free parking at the hospital

Letter: ‘Wait times solution not what you think’

Canada’s health care policies haven’t changed since 1984.

UPDATE: IHIT confirms identity of Hells Angels homicide victim

Chad John Wilson was one of four men arrested in Spain in 2013 on allegations of smuggling cocaine.

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

B.C. lumber mills struggle with shortage of logs, price slump

Signs of recovery after U.S. market swings, industry executive says

25% of Canadians still won’t say they use pot, survey says

Statistics Canada poll says Canadians on average were 18.9 years old when they first tried pot.

Canucks’ 50/50 jackpot expected to surpass $1 million

The guaranteed prize for one lucky winner will be $500,000 minimum when Vancouver hosts LA Nov 27

The latest advent calendar trend: Holiday cannabis

A Canadian company is giving people from coast to coast a new way to celebrate the Christmas countdown.

Most Read