Plaza 88 new tower a great spot for a hotel
Open Letter to City Council:
I welcome the rapid development that we are seeing Downtown, and am excited about the opportunities the Anvil Centre will provide to attract visitors to our city.
This excitement however is not without concern.
The conference facility being built at the Anvil centre will accommodate groups of 500, with theatre seating for 350. Currently, with just over 200 hotel rooms in town, we will be limited to conferences that attract predominantly local visitors, as events attracting those from out of town do not have the hotel space needed to welcome large groups. I had heard that council would like to attract a boutique hotel to the Kyoto square area; however, a hotel with just 60 or 80 rooms falls far short of the amenities required if we are to maximize on the opportunities presented by the Anvil Centre.
I recently read the article “Plaza 88 proposal panned by staff, councillors” (NewsLeader, March 1) and worry that allowing a condo development to go into this space will limit the opportunity to add the much-needed hotel space in the area. As we require a minimum of 300-400 more hotel rooms, this location would be ideal.