Esquimalt's 122-room EconoLodge Inn & Suites on Island Highway at Admirals Road will be repurposed into 96-units of rental housing.
Esquimalt's EconoLodge hotel to be transformed into rental apartments
Esquimalt’s 122-room EconoLodge Inn & Suites along the Gorge Waterway will be repurposed into a 96-unit rental complex, Citified has learned.
Developer GMC Projects has submitted plans to the municipality of Esquimalt and seeks rezoning approvals for a mixed-use residential and commercial development at the high-profile confluence of Esquimalt, Songhees First Nation land, Saanich and View Royal on Island Highway at Admirals Road.
Dubbed Portage West, the project will be released into the rental pool in four phases, starting with 13-to-15 studio and one-bedroom units.
“The site is made up of four two-storey buildings and a row of five cabins. Pending successful rezoning approvals, our first phase will repurpose one of the buildings into rental apartments by late summer or early fall of next year,” said Jordan Milne, President of GMC Projects.
The company’s vision for Portage West will see the hotel grounds transformed into a waterfront community with a pool overlooking the Gorge Waterway, a communal kitchen, a clubhouse with a yoga studio, and as part of the last phase, a coffee shop or restaurant. [Full article]