SIDNEY – A new 129 room TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel has been proposed to be built near Victoria International Airport.
The Kothari Group is proposing the property for the corner of Stirling Way and Beacon Avenue West.
“We are excited to work with Victoria Airport Authority and Marriott International to bring the first true extended stay hotel in this growing tourist and business market,” says Anupam Kothari, president of the family owned and operated Kothari Group. “This project is our group’s first of what we hope are many investments in British Columbia and the Greater Victoria region.”
The Kothari Group was established in Canada in 1996 with a focus in real estate related investments including mortgage financing, hotel development, and residential multi-story construction. Their hotel group works with international brands such as Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt to develop and manage hotels across Canada.
Following the airport’s development review process, if approved, construction could begin in early 2023 and is expected to take 18-24 months to complete the hotel. Plans call for a nationally recognized restaurant brand, 1,500 square feet of meeting space, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.
TownePlace Suites offers an all-suite hotel experience ideal for travelers looking for accommodations for longer stays, and there are currently over 400 TownePlace Suites properties across the country and in the United States.
“We see the addition of a hotel at this location as a logical fit and a great new amenity for the airport and community,” says Victoria Airport Authority President and CEO Geoff Dickson. “It is an opportunity for Victoria International Airport to further diversify its revenue base which has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic. We look forward to working with the Kothari Group to hopefully see this exciting proposal come to fruition.”
Victoria Airport Authority is working with the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council to obtain their feedback and to identify any possible project-related opportunities. The proposal is on federal land within the Town of Sidney’s boundaries. As part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Sidney and Victoria Airport Authority, Sidney’s staff and Council will have the opportunity to review and provide comment on the proposal.
“It is very positive to see Sidney continues to be a desirable place for businesses to invest,” said Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith. “The current partnership between the Town of Sidney, Victoria Airport Authority, and District of North Saanich to realign Stirling Road and build a roundabout on Beacon Avenue West supports ongoing growth in this area. I look forward to seeing this come to Council in the coming months.”