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City of Delta wants to hear from residents on hotel idea

The redevelopment of city-owned properties in the area is seen as a key to further revitalization
The City of Delta notes it has some basic requirements around financials, operations, construction, schedules and previous experience, but is looking to residents to suggest things they would like to see such as services, amenities and design features. Jarredscycling file

The City of Delta is inviting residents to share their ideas for a possible hotel at the former Delta Hotel site in Ladner Village.

Staff are seeking input from the community as they put together an Expression of Interest (EOI) to solicit parties interested in submitting full proposals for a tourist accommodation

The input gathered from the community, along with the city’s requirements, will inform the criteria that will be used to develop the EOI and evaluate the submissions, according to the city.

“Ladner Village’s rich history and special charm attract visitors to our community, making it a great location for a tourist accommodation,” said Mayor George Harvie in a news release. “Through the engagement program, residents are invited to help us ensure that any new tourist accommodation reflects this character and contributes to the enjoyment of the Village by both locals and visitors.”

Also hosting an online information session on July 10, the city will gather feedback until July 28.

The city retained a consultant to investigate the feasibility of a hotel at the site as part of an overall plan for Ladner Village revitalization, after having purchased several commercial properties near the harbour earlier this year.

Salim Kassam, representing Kadence Hospitality & Development, outlined their analysis at a council meeting last month, concluding a six-storey, 88-unit accommodation with more than 18,000-square feet of commercial space would be viable for the market.

Focusing on the upper end of the market, he described the accommodations as an “aparthotel” that would have short-term and longer-term guests and a high level of amenities. Instead of individual rooms, small apartments would have its own bathroom and kitchen.

The commercial space and amenities would be available to the community as well, making the complex a hub for the community.

Council agreed it’s still early in the process, with the next step to be community engagement to develop criteria that can be used to inform the EOI scoring process.

A report to council notes that Kadence’s model is one of several accommodation models that could be viable for the redevelopment.

An EOI process is required to test the market and identify/shortlist interested parties to submit full proposals.