The Cube Hotel got the official go ahead for its development permit application to build two micro-units intended as long-term staff housing. Revelstoke city council gave its approval at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 10. Council had approved the application in principal at a previous council meeting.
It’s the first employee housing of its kind for Revelstoke. Mayor Mark McKee said he commended the Cube Hotel with coming up with one of many solutions to help solve the lack of housing for staff in the community.
“This is something a lot of businesses are going to have to look at if they are going to maintain staff in a difficult market,” said McKee.
City council first discussed the development permit, which includes a number of variances, at its March 27 meeting (read our previous story here). One of those variances included permitting construction of the staff housing units without the need for additional parking requirements. A report to council notes the proposal to vary the minimum parking for the proposed units would eliminate the required cash-in-lieu payment of $20,000 per required staff. This is in accordance with provisions discussed at the March 27 council meeting.
Nigel Whitehead, director of development services, said staff remain supportive of the parking variances and feel long-term there is a need to support staff housing developments in the community.
Councillor Connie Brothers had originally expressed concerns over the parking variance, but said she feels the project is important.
“I think it’s a good thing. We have to move forward,” she said.