Construction of Marriott hotel in downtown Nanaimo expected to start in 6 to 8 weeks

VICA Member Omicron Construction is the general contractor.

For the first time in the storied history of 100 Gordon St., a building permit has been issued for a hotel behind Nanaimo's downtown conference centre.

On Wednesday, the City handed a building permit to Utah-based PEG Developments for a nine-storey, 172-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel. The progress is viewed as the biggest and most notable sign to date the project will come to reality because collecting the permit required the developers to pay the City more than $300,000.

PEG project manager Kevin Perry said they hope to mobilize to the site in about six weeks and start construction this spring.

"Those dates can ebb and flow a little, but I would expect to see activity on that site within two months," Perry told NanaimoNewsNOW Thursday afternoon.

PEG's excitement about the estimated $22-million project continues to grow, he said.

"The market has some really good, basic drivers for hospitality. There's demand that is not being filled there...Over the past 18 months, we've actually become more and more bullish on the prospects of that market. We're looking forward to getting this hotel out of the ground and bringing it to market."

The 100 Gordon St. lot has a long and failure-filled past when it comes to hotel proposals, leaving many in Nanaimo extremely hesitant to show belief one will ever be built there.

Perry said while every proposal has risk all the way along, this project is past almost all of the major stumbling blocks.

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