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Coast Tsimshian now overseeing hotel development

The future of a hotel development proposed for downtown Prince Rupert is now in the hands of the Metlakatla and Lax Kw
The future of a hotel development proposed for downtown Prince Rupert is now in the hands of the Metlakatla and Lax Kw'alaams bands.
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The future of a massive hotel in downtown Prince Rupert now rests in the hands of the Coast Tsimshian.

Geoff Greenwell of the 2G Group, the company that announced plans to construct an office and hotel building at the site of the old Elizabeth Apartments in April, confirmed that the location has been turned over to a partnership of the Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla First Nations. However, he said the company would continue to assist the Coast Tsimshian with zoning applications or in any other way necessary.

Metlakatla Chief Harold Leighton said the deal was finalized late last week, and the Tsimshian are eager to move forward with developing the property.

"The next steps will be to plan for the development, and we're hopeful that in the next two years we will have something built on the site ... we're hoping it will move fast," he said, adding that the group will be looking at a request for proposals in the near future.

"We would be looking at some possibly high-end mixed use development with condos, restaurant, hotel and that type of thing ... we're looking at the 2G Group concept. Whether it will be the same we don't know yet, but that is the idea we are looking at."

Last month, Greenwell said the development would need to be at least seven storeys to get a return on the $50 million investment that would be needed to finish construction. To get seven storey, the City of Prince Rupert would need to approve a variance as the site is currently zoned for a maximum of five storeys.

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