The new owner (as of November

The new owner (as of November

Proposal for new hotel, bar along the Qualicum Beach waterfront

The proposed 40-unit hotel, currently at the location of the Sand Pebbles Inn, could have a rooftop bar

The Sand Pebbles Inn on the Qualicum Beach waterfront could be getting an upgrade.

According to town council’s agenda for its meeting last night (Monday), the town has received an application for a zoning amendment and development permit for 2767-2751 W. Island Highway, currently the Sand Pebbles Inn, to build a new hotel with the possibility of a rooftop bar.

The proposed 40-unit hotel, which is five units more that what the current zoning allows, would be two floors of rooms with an additional partial lower floor and parking level that is approximately one-half storey below the grade of the street.

Currently, the Sand Pebbles Inn has 21 rooms.

Director of planning Luke Sales said that while the proposed project is referred to as the Sand Pebbles Inn, he said it’s unsure if that would still be the hotel name going forward.

Representatives of the Sand Pebbles Inn told The NEWS through an emailed statement that the ownership team said a final design has not yet been decided for the project.

“They are committed to have a building that will be enjoyed by locals, accepted by town officials and neighbours and sought after by tourists from around the world,” said the statement.

The vacant lot adjacent to Sand Pebbles Inn will be included in the project.

“For years, this particular piece of land has sat vacant and abandoned,” the statement said.

“It will be a nice relief to see it developed into something that people in this community will be proud of and enjoy.”

Sharif Senbel of Studio Senbel Architecture and Design Inc., the architect for the proposed hotel, will be speaking at Monday night’s meeting to introduce the the project.

Studio Senbel Architecture was established in Vancouver in 1998, according to its website. Since then, the company has completed projects in Vancouver and throughout B.C. and has worked on designs for a destination recreation resort island in Kuwait.

Last night’s council meeting was after press deadline, but check Thursday’s paper and online for updated information.

— NEWS Staff

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