August 27, 2014 3:03 am

Hotel proposed for Kelowna waterfront clears final hurdle

Travis Lowe - Global News

KELOWNA- Kelowna City Council has not been shy about showing it’s support for a proposed downtown waterfront hotel and conference centre.

Westcorp Developments cleared the final hurdle Tuesday night as council voted in favour of allowing the 24 storey project to exceed the city’s current height restriction of 19 stories.

All councillors voted in favour with the exception of Maxine Dehart who did not vote citing a conflict of interest.

It took 15 years to get to this point but Westcorp will now be able to build the 65 million dollar hotel on the site of the old Willow Inn.

The developer will now work on detailed plans for the inside of the building.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place by the middle of next year with completion of the project expected in 2017.

Kelowna City Council has given unanimous support to the project all along, even selling Mill St. to the developer so that the hotel’s green space can flow into Kerry Park.

It’s believed this project will pump new life into the downtown core by increasing conference facilities as well as the number of hotel rooms and job opportunities.

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