An artist’s rendering of a nine-storey Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 100 Gordon St. (PEG DEVELOPMENTS image)

Downtown Nanaimo hotel project moving forward

PEG Development submitted an updated permit application for a proposed hotel at 100 Gordon St.

Plans for a downtown Nanaimo hotel have moved one step closer to becoming reality.

U.S.-based company PEG Development have submitted an updated building permit application for its proposed nine-storey hotel project at 100 Gordon St., located across from the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, according to a city press release.

The proposed $23-million hotel would be a Courtyard by Marriott and will now have 172 rooms instead of 155 rooms that PEG Development had proposed last year.

The city sold the Gordon Street property to PEG for $750,000 last year and is currently reviewing the updated building permit application. It expects to issue a permit by late October, according to the press release.

Coun. Jerry Hong said he is confident that the project will go forward. He said PEG Development has worked with Marriott before and he would be shocked if they didn’t follow through with their plans in Nanaimo.

“I can’t see it not happening,” Hong said.

Plans for a hotel on Gordon Street have been floated around for years. In 2015, the city purchased the Gordon Street property for $565,000 from SSS Manhao International Tourism Group, who had planned to construct a 21-storey hotel on the site for a cost $50 million, but decided not after city councillors had passed a motion that required them to obtain a building permit within six months.

At the time, SSS Manhao, who are a B.C. affiliate of China’s Suzhou Youth Travel Services, expected to attract more than 70,000 Chinese tourists to Nanaimo annually as a result of its proposed conference centre hotel.

Hong said he likes PEG’s proposal a lot and believes it has a far more concrete business plan than what was brought forward SSS Manhao. He said the fact that PEG have increased the number of rooms in their hotel project is a good sign.

“They’re are not depending on Chinese tourists,” Hong said. “Their timeline is a little bit behind what they had anticipated, but it gives me … confidence that they see a need to increase to 172 rooms. I think that shows confidence.” 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo Clippers, clad in Snuneymuxw jerseys, win in OT

BCHL team wins both its weekend games to stay in contention for first place on the Island

Nanaimo-bound ferry breaks down, but another available for service

Two sailings cancelled Sunday on Tsawwassen-Duke Point route

Air Canada will offer direct Nanaimo-to-Toronto flights again this year

Seasonal service will run from June until October

Nanaimo a capital city in the beard business – Wildman Beard Co.

Wildman Beard Co. gained early success with Nanaimo mill workers

Nanaimo a capital city in the beard business – Big City Beards

Big City Beards inspired by an itch that had to be scratched

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Woodlands proposed to house students during Cilaire seismic upgrades

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ plan awaits ministry of education approval

Registration opens soon for BC 55+ Games in Richmond

2020 55+ Games have been officially scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Most Read