Nanaimo deadline missed
Project builders were granted three extensions
NANAIMO — The City of Nanaimo’s private partners in the Port of Nanaimo Centre project have missed another deadline in its contract with the city to build a $50-million hotel next to the completed centre.
Millennium/Suro was supposed to have the concrete footings for the 18-storey, 170room hotel poured by May 31 but, other than some excavation at the construction site next to Piper Park, no concrete has been poured to date.
already been granted three extensions by the city to the original deal to build the hotel, which was supposed to have been built and opened at the same time as the rest of the Port of Nanaimo Centre, which is scheduled to open this weekend.
However, the city’s partners had difficulties in finding funding for the hotel.
However, city officials are not overly concerned by Millennium/Suro’s delay in pouring the footings and are not expecting any formal requests by the developers for another extension to build the hotel, which is expected to be completed by 2010.
Al Kenning, Nanaimo’s deputy city manager, said there is “no question” the construction of the hotel is “somewhat delayed.” But he said the developers are in the process of finishing the hotel design and work at the site is progressing this week.
Mayor Gary Korpan said he expects an update on the hotel’s construction at the next council meeting on Monday.
“However, it’s my understanding that the land has been excavated and some construction has begun so work is proceeding,” he said.
“As far as I’m concerned, as long as work is ongoing at the site with the intention of building the hotel, who’s to complain?”
Calls to Millennium/Suro were not immediately returned.
According to the contract, the city stands to pocket $450,000 and obtain design drawings and other documents prepared for the hotel if Millennium/Suro do not start construction on schedule.