November 29, 2017, 8:17 am
Clive Macmillan says
December 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm
Oliver is not growing. Our young people are leaving at the same rate retirees are arriving. The new hotel is part of growth and expansion, providing jobs and income to the city. Jobs and opportunities will encourage our young people to stay here and raise families. Oliver has to either grow, or become a ghost town. I have faith that the town council is a caring steward of our city and will ensure that the growth going forward is tasteful and considerate. I respect that every tax paying citizen has the right to their opinion, but I see nothing but benefits resulting from the arrival of the hotel.
Lucy Riley says
November 29, 2017 at 8:13 pm
More jobs for Oliver….more tourists staying in town spending money. Way to go Oliver. Should’ve happened a long time ago.
Bonnie Thompson says
November 30, 2017 at 7:29 am
I agree Lucy but I also think there were other locations that would have left us with yet another money maker, the RV Park. If you aren’t an RV’er who chooses parks rather than wilderness I guess you won’t understand that aspect of it.
Publisher: Just a couple points. ODN respects all views but at times must interject with facts:
1. This was a… unanimous decision of council. All elected people, most for some time years or terms. I remember in 2005 when I was elected it was a hot topic – a wine village/hotel etc on this property. Elections held in 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 – mostly the same people saying the same thing.
2. The present owner wanted this prime site next to the river, bridge and community park. What would he have done if Town said – “No thanks”. There is no other great site for a ‘downtown hotel’!!
3. You cannot always get your way – I certainly know that. One thing that escapes the “nay sayers” – two new parks are possible on that site with the right leadership. The first is surveyed – next to the bridge – 80 feet of trees, grass, tables, benches and a launch pad for those entering the Hike and Bike system. The second on the north side of the hotel – “orphan park” has not been planned but available with the right leadership. We have a wonderful opportunity to be positive about something rather than trying to kill each great idea that is proposed. Oliver needs a hotel. This enterprise is right for us and the times. I look forward to the ribbon cutting.
4. Centennial Park – as it was – primarily a rented space for those travelling here in Rv’s – yes. NOT a money maker for anyone other than the Alberta based franchisee. Now we get two parks for the people of OLIVER and a hotel – year round. The RV park can be relocated to a number of sites where a hotel would not fit or be appropriate.
5. Someone is quoted here as saying it was a stupid decision as in the people who made it are stupid. In my opinion the vast majority of people in this town say “bravo” – get on with it.
kathy becker says
November 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm
what a shame, that beautiful park gone!
and for what?? a hotel that could have been anywhere else
in this town, and we still could have kept that lovely area by the river
for campers and rv’s.
such stupid decisions this town makes,
over and over again.
Jeff Parent says
November 29, 2017 at 11:23 am
With this park gone and the noise from Area 27, Oliver is more and more losing it s charm,and getting too busy and noisy. For money and to make outsiders happy .
Taking small bites of the land till there s no more . A bit like OIB with the racetrack , and the Cottages .Look how ugly is the north east shore of Osoyoos lake now. And how noisy Black Sage rd is ,since the racetrack. Good thing they don t run year round , cause we would be long gone . It s probably going to happen anyway after hearing next racecar season…
Ed Machial says
November 29, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Don’t you know, the national park will fix all of that. Some how, that area on the west side will hide all the destruction on the east side. Oliver is getting bigger everyday yet the town is dying!
Ask the long time residents, (10-20years doesn’t count) and you’ll find that Oliver used to have way more to offer, including sustainable industry. Oliver now is just, to quote at least one of the candidates in the by-election, “A nice place to retire to”. When will people realize we don’t need uncontrolled growth to make this a good place to live. The only people that benefit from growth is the developers, and at the expense of the public.
Here’s a interesting figure I learnt a few years ago at an APC meeting, for every dollar spent on infrastructure, only 75cents is every paid back in taxes. Looks like bad math to me!
Lynne Thompson says
November 29, 2017 at 9:45 am
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