Councillors balked at any change on hotel plan – decision delayed until February 12. Hotel owner asked to reconsider the plan.
What had been agreed to was a wood beam entrance but costs for it rose so the owner proposed a steel framed entrance at 2/3 the cost.
Council of the Town of Oliver did not like that idea
Previously agreed upon: (wood beam canopy)
Town of Oliver Council approached for a variance to a plan for the entrance way to new Hotel. On Monday Director of Projects Bruce Holm (Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc.) appeared before council to suggest that the cost of the approved entrance was too expensive – about $300 thousand – which was way over budget.
He suggested a steel framed canopy with wood features (as shown at top of story)
Holm said this was expensive as well in the $200 thousand range.
Council debated and discussed the issue and in the end told the developer to take back their comments to the owner and reconsider.
Holm indicated that the Hotel is being fast tracked and the modular parts are scheduled to be installed in February and March with work on the entrance to start before April. He also indicated to council that experts had stated that wood does not endure in this type of dry climate.