One local business is making a move towards providing much needed staff accommodation. The Cube Hotel is seeking to create two bachelor suites intended to be used primarily as long-term accommodation for staff employed by the hotel.
Revelstoke city council gave approval for a number of variances required in order for a development permit for the creation of staff housing located at 311 Campbell Avenue and 303 Second Street West including:
-Reducing the minimum floor area of each dwelling unit from 70 square meters to 32 square meters.
-Allowing a ground floor dwelling unit in the C1 zoning area.
-Reducing the number of required parking units in the C1 zone from 1.5 stalls to 0 for the proposed structure only.
Council passed an additional motion that the issuance of the above variances are subject to registration of a Section 219 restrict covenant against the title of 311 Campbell Avenue which restricts use of the proposed dwelling units to rental periods of 30 days or longer. Final issuance of the development permit is subject to receipt of a $1,268.30 financial security deposit.
“I applaud the proponent for looking for a solution for staff housing. I think this is a really great way to ensure staff housing without taking rental space from the rental market outside of the property,” said Councillor Trevor English.
Coun. Scott Duke and Mayor Mark McKee also said they were pleased to see a local business making an effort to help create staff housing in Revelstoke. Duke said while there are a lot of variances required for the development to work it is good to see staff working with proponents towards housing solutions. McKee said he is hopeful projects like the one proposed by the Cube Hotel will set a precedent for employers on how they can get involved in solving housing issues for their employees.
“We need more forward thinking like this,” he said.
Coun. Connie Brothers did question the lack of parking required, asking if it would be assumed people living in the building would not have a vehicle. Nigel Whitehead, director of development services, said there is an assumption staff living in the apartments would not have a vehicle, but if so they would park either on the street or on the Cube Hotel property. City staff also said that a covenant restricted its use for staff housing, and that if its use were changed, the owner would be required to pay into a parking fund.