The breezeway of the Ramada is open to the public but rarely used by passersby. The hotel is hoping to remodel the ground floor of their property

Ramada plan wins over Harrison council

Hotel hopes to buff up meeting space, add indoor pool

The Ramada Inn now has the green light to start making plans to renovate their courtyard, after Harrison council unanimously agreed to remove a covenant that allowed public access.

The courtyard and breezeway includes a fountain, trees and seating areas, and has been open to the public since the hotel was built in 1996. The hotel rooms look down into the courtyard, and doors from the main floor can open into it. However, managing director Hardeep Singh Malik told council that the public use of the area is limited.

In a request to the Village, Singh Malik said they are hoping to renovate the first floor of the hotel, possibly building an indoor pool and more meeting space.

“The removal of this covenant and the renovations would give potential benefits to our business and therefore benefit surrounding businesses through increased tourism activity in the village,” Singh Malik wrote.

At Monday’s meetings, all members of council took turns to show support for the hotel’s intention to renovate, and in turn, offer more amenities within the resort community.

“Upgrading the Ramada would create a stronger mid-grade hotel,” said Coun. Sonja Reyerse. Higher occupancy rates would give the Village more RMI funds, she added, while providing spinoff dollars for other local businesses.

Each hotel room is subject to an Resort Municipality Initiative tax, which is collected by the province and then given back to the Village. That money then goes toward projects that work to increase tourism.

“I think this is a really, really good idea,” Coun. Allan Jackson said. With the increased conference space, and indoor pool as an amenity, not only would occupancy rates go up, but so would the hotel’s assessment value, he said. And that would further add to the Village’s bottom line.

The removal of the covenant is just one step in a long process to renovate, however. The hotel management will have to take into account flood construction elevations when re-designing, and go through building permit applications when they are ready to renovate.

Singh Malik was unavailable for comment at press time.

news@ahobserver.com

Just Posted

Harrison approves budget, considers future of business tax rates

Residents and businesses will see a 2.37 per cent tax increase for 2019

Chilliwack-Kent MLA unimpressed with ‘classic NDP high-tax-and-spend budget’

Laurie Throness said there was nothing in Tuesday’s presentation for Chilliwack

ACES grows the love of gardening with annual seed exchange

The event will be returning to Harrison Mills Community Hall on March 1

Murder charge formally dropped against woman accused in downtown Chilliwack killing

Stay of proceedings ordered for Victoria Purcell; Kirkland Russell to be sentenced for manslaughter

WATCH: Latest Heritage Minute episode filmed near Hope and features some dark local history

Airing on Feb. 20, the 60-second film tells the story of the Asahi and features the Tashme Museum

VIDEO: Wheelchairs teach Agassiz students acceptance through sport

Teacher Donna Gallamore brought wheelchairs to the Kent Elementary for learning and fun

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Most Read