A brand new 129-room hotel has been proposed for an area near the Victoria International Airport, according to an announcement by YYJ on Thursday.
The proposal for the new TownPlace Suites by Marriott, which is planned to be located on the corner of Beacon Avenue West and Stirling Way (next to the Pat Bay Highway), is currently being evaluated.
The Victoria Airport Authority is working with the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council to obtain their feedback and to identify any possible project-related opportunities.
“We see the addition of a hotel at this location as a logical fit and a great new amenity for the airport and community,” says Victoria Airport Authority’s President & CEO Geoff Dickson.
“It is an opportunity for Victoria International Airport to further diversify its revenue base which has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic. We look forward to working with the Kothari Group to hopefully see this exciting proposal come to fruition.”
Plans include a call for a nationally recognized restaurant brand, 1,500 square feet of meeting space, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.
In addition, a free shuttle service between the hotel and airport will be offered.
If approved, construction could begin in 2023, with an expected timeline of 18 to 24 months to completion.
“It is very positive to see Sidney continues to be a desirable place for businesses to invest,” said Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith.
“The current partnership between the Town of Sidney, Victoria Airport Authority, and District of North Saanich to realign Stirling Road and build a roundabout on Beacon Avenue West supports ongoing growth in this area. I look forward to seeing this come to Council in the coming months.”
The location of the proposed hotel is where a $35M Sidney Crossing commercial retail development was previously proposed.
In 2018, following years of controversy, Omicron Development announced they would not be moving forward with the project due to rising construction costs and significant off-site infrastructure requirements like a pedestrian overpass, which are required as part of the re-zoning of the project lands.
The proposed 100,000 square ft. development called ‘Sidney Crossing’ would have encompassed 10 retail stores and was to be located at the intersection of Pat Bay Highway and Beacon Avenue.