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#1 Holden West

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 04:30 AM

Langford hotel project progressing, Sihota says
Owner impressed by loyalty of workers at $11-million job



LOOKING GOOD: Moe Sihota shows the rebuilt hotel in Langford that was destroyed a year ago during a construction fire.
Photograph by : Ray Smith, Times Colonist


Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist
Published: Friday, October 13, 2006

A year after his Langford hotel burned to the ground while still under construction, former New Democratic politician Moe Sihota says the project is back on track.

In fact, Sihota said yesterday, the construction now is at a more advanced stage than when the fire hit last Oct. 8.

"We're moving along quite well. We'll probably open in April or May," Sihota said. "It was a little frustrating. We had to deal with all the insurance-related issues but we finally got through those."

The 120-room, $11-million Sheraton Four Points suburban hotel on McCallum Road next to Costco went up in smoke on a Saturday when only a few workers were on the site. No one was hurt.

It was ultimately determined that the fire was sparked by a generator with a leaky fuel line, said Sihota, who is building the project with developers Ravi Grewal and Mel Dhaliwal.

The four workers fired up the generator and went to work in another part of the building.

Sihota said the generator was new, but its fuel line was defective and cracked. "So when the generator was started up, the fuel leaked out and ignited the generator which blew up and, in turn, ignited the building."

Reconstruction started in late March. In September, it reached the stage where it had been at the time the fire struck.

"Now we're kind of moving forward again. ... We've lost a year, but we'll open at the best part of the new year," Sihota said.

Sihota has been particularly impressed with the loyalty shown by the workers who returned to the project despite the active construction market.

"That was probably my biggest worry that we would lose trades or see a significant increase in construction costs, and none of that has materialized. The guys have been very good ... about honouring their previous contracts," he said.

Langford has guaranteed the project five years free of property taxes.

Sihota is optimistic about the market potential in the booming community. "We're getting lots of inquiries for both rooms and banquet facilities, so you can see that there's strong demand for a hotel in that part of town."
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2006

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I'm glad Moe stuck with the hotel plan instead of going condo.
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#2 Photogirl

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 01:53 PM

A Sheraton Hotel in Langford? Who ever would have thought. Great site you all have here, very informative!

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 01:56 PM

Yeah it seems kind of weird to me too. But if Moe is involved it has to be a winner!

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#4 Mike K.

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 02:09 PM

Yeah, welcome to the forum!

I guess hotel prices will be cheaper than comparable prices in Victoria and Saanich? If so the quick commute into town might not be a hassle for some tourists if they can save $20 a night.

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#5 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 03:17 PM

Yeah it seems kind of weird to me too. But if Moe is involved it has to be a winner!

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I hope that's a joke.

Anyway, ya, this thread title is kinda funny. Usually "Sheraton" and "Langford" wouldn't go together. But then again, that four-storey wood-frame structure looks more Langford than Sheraton.
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#6 G-Man

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 03:19 PM

I guess now that I think about it. When I go away to a wedding I usually opt for something a little out of town to save money but this may be a little extreme.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 07:15 PM





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#8 Holden West

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 10:52 PM

Wow, thanks for the update; this one really fell off our radar screen, didn't it.
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#9 renthefinn

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 10:58 PM

Holy crap, that's gonna be an ugly building!

#10 seymour201

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:55 PM

Another update, not that this one really lit up the forums but, saw on the news this morning that they are open for business. Have also seen a sign for the tap house , or something like that, on the way up to costco. little pub/resturant thing on the backside the hotel.

#11 Mike K.

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 04:12 PM

Thanks. I'll update the title.

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#12 yodsaker

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 04:54 PM

No way I'd want to sleep in anything connected with Moe Sihota.

#13 Mike K.

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 05:53 PM

Why is that?

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#14 LJ

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 07:34 PM

In the news story the owners stated that they expected the pub/bar thing to become a popular meeting spot and destination.

I think they missed a basic tenet of real estate - "location location location".

I can't really envision crowds of people wanting to sit around the ambiance of the COSTCO parking lot for the evening.

I suspect the hotel's main clientele would be junior sports teams going to the JDF rec center and the new arenas etc.
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 06:00 AM

I am sure that as the WestComms continue to grow the hotels nearby will benefit. Out of town friends, people attending Royal Roads, Golfers that don't want to pay as much as Bear Mountain charges etc.

 



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