A preliminary drawing of what the proposed residential building might look like next to the Best Western. (District of Sicamous image)

A preliminary drawing of what the proposed residential building might look like next to the Best Western. (District of Sicamous image)

Six-storey, 40-unit residential building proposed in Sicamous near Highway 1

Coun. Jeff Mallmes said the town needs more low-cost rentals for workers

A six-floor, 40-unit residential building with ground-floor commercial space may be coming to Sicamous.

The proposed 7,900 square-foot residential building would be built next to the Best Western near the intersection of Highway 1 and Rauma Road.

The owner of the Best Western, Sicamous Inn Ltd., is proposing the new development and Salmon Arm-based architect Bernd Hermanski is the authorized agent on the application.

The application was reviewed by the District of Sicamous’ Planning and Development Committee at its May 26 meeting.

Plans for the building’s residential space show mostly two-bedroom apartments, with some studio and three-bedroom apartments as well.

Sicamous Inn Ltd. said the apartments would be an affordable place to live for hotel staff and other people working in Sicamous.

Coun. Jeff Mallmes, the committee chair, said he thinks the proposed development is a great idea because Sicamous needs more lower-cost rental units. His only concerns with the proposed development are parking and access.

Tim Hortons, the Best Western and the new development would all share the same fire lane and three entrances to an area that can already get quite crowded no matter the season, commented Mallmes.

Under current zoning laws, Sicamous Inn Ltd. would be required to provide two parking spaces per unit for a total of 80 spaces. They are proposing an amendment that would require them to provide 1.5 spaces per unit for a total of 60 spaces, as they theorize that not every unit’s tenant(s) will have two cars.

Sicamous Inn Ltd. said they can provide more parking space if required, but that they don’t want to pave over all of the green space in the area.

The proposed development would be built in an area that’s zoned C2 Highway Commercial. Multi-family dwellings are not a permitted use in the C2 zone. Due to this, the applicant is proposing that a new zone C2 A Highway Commercial Residential be created for the area.

The proposed building’s commercial space will be used for a restaurant and a convention centre that can be used by the hotel or anyone else who wants to rent it.

Read more: Escalating fines part of Sicamous bylaw targeting unsightly premises

Read more: Six 70,000-lb. girders set in place for future Highway 1 Salmon River Bridge


@roman_reports
zachary.roman@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Sicamoustrans-canada highway

Just Posted

A concept rendering of the proposed seven-unit, two-storey development at 1129 Riverside Ave. in Sicamous. (District of Sicamous graphic)
Proposed luxury development in Sicamous sparks parking concerns

Seven-unit commercial-residential building planned for Riverside Avenue

The Shaw Centre and the SASCU Recreation Centre are the two largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions on City of Salmon Arm properties. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
City of Salmon staff surprised COVID not cause of drop in greenhouse gas emissions

2020 sees emissions on city-owned properties decrease well below 2019 totals

Shuswap Litas and Son of Stomp head out from uptown Askew’s parking lot on Thursday, June 10, some with teddy bears and stuffies, to ride to Pierre’s Point by Adams Lake community hall to show their support for band members in the wake of the confirmation of 215 children buried at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Shuswap bike clubs ride to support Indigenous communities

Motorcyclists go to Pierre’s Point in solidarity with bands in wake of residential school findings

Interior Health is offering mobile vaccination clinics for the first dose only of COVID-19 vaccine in the Shuswap from June 15 to June 19h. (Interior Health image)
First-dose vaccinations for COVID-19 offered via mobile clinics in Shuswap

Clinic in Salmon Arm scheduled for June 15, other clinics in Sorrento, Malakwa, Chase

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Denmark soccer player Christian Eriksen collapses during game against Finland

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

The rainbow flag flies beside the Canadian flag outside the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack campus on June 26, 2020. Monday, June 14, 2021 is Flag Day, and also June is Pride Month. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

Most Read