Phil Milroy, owner of Westcorp, the Edmonton developer that built the $5.1-million pier for the city, said his plans for a boutique hotel on the site of the former Willow Inn at Mill Street and Queensway are well underway.
hopes to break ground on that project in the coming months.
"We're very excited," said Milroy
said while it is too early to say exactly how tall the "tower" will be, it is a far cry from the original plan to build three towers in excess of 20 storeys on the land.
But with the park now in place, the marina now complete-it is slated to officially open Friday-and a revamped plan for the hotel, Milroy
is prepared to proceed again.
Describing the new development concept as "vastly" different from the original plan, he
company has been working closely with the city to make sure what is proposed fits with the Kelowna's downtown plan.
"We need to be very mindful of what people will think of the (development)," Milroy told the Capital News in an interview Thursday, in part because of the high profile of the location.
"Downtowns are very important areas of any city," he
"We want to do something that will be iconic."
How exactly the hotel development will look and how it will tie in with the new pier and marina has yet to be revealed.
company's desire to build and operate the pier and marina through a contractor is not about making money-it is about improving the area for the hotel development.