It’s not feasible.
That’s what Gail Davies of the Howard Land Group is preaching to our Town council these days.
The hotel proposed for the old Edgewater site in the heart of the Comox Marina is taking on a new shape. It’s becoming a non-conforming, primarily residential, overheight, oversized building.
Davies claims it’s not feasible without the addition of 40,000 square feet of residential condo apartments to sell.
Is it feasible to rezone this property to accommodate Howard Land Group with their wishes? Is it feasible to approve a high-density condo/hotel complex adjacent Marina Park adding to congestion? Is it feasible to approve a 42 per cent overheight building that will obstruct the view corridor and shadow Marina Park?
Is it feasible to approve a massive building on a lot that is zoned to have only 50 per cent coverage? Is it feasible to consider a building that will have a negative impact on the neighbourhood?
I’m sure you could add to this list. I know I can.
I don’t believe the people of Comox are opposed to new development, however this current building proposal has multiple issues.
If the Town planner and council are listening to the citizens of Comox, they will constrain this development to the established zoning regulations on this marine commercial property.