Horizon North plans to have their property’s hotel, operated by Pomeroy Lodging, in place and open in approximately five months.
The hotel will be the centre-piece for the commercial aspect of their land development, which in the future will include other businesses, but their site will also include an up-to 1,000 bed worker accommodation facility to support local industrial construction.
Horizon North President and CEO Rod Graham says even without a final investment decision from a major project proponent as of yet the company is confident there is demand for the first phase of their camp which will see 240 units built.
“We believe there’s enough interest we could put up to 240 rooms in stage one of our permanent camp.”
Graham said construction of their properties happens very quickly as they’re build modularly at their construction plant in Kamloops and sent to Kitimat.
“It will be a modular hotel, manufactured in our manufacturing plant, shipped to Kitimat, put together by our people, and you’ll have a new, 89-room hotel which we think can be done in five months,” he said.
The first phase of their camp, he said, will be constructed in the second half of 2016.
“We’ve been working through the civil piece of it,” he said, which includes grading, storm sewer and sanitary sewer which will be complete soon.
Talks are underway with possible partners for the commercial development associated with the hotel. No names have been finalized but they’re looking at commercial, office, and food services as potential future developments along side the Pomeroy hotel.
Graham spoke very highly of the work of the District in advocating for the project and the company itself has worked hard to establish itself in Kitimat as not an outside-based company.
“This is incredibly important for us…we want to be seen as a local company,” he said, noting involvements in local events such as the fish derby and Light Up Kitimat.