Another Red Deer hotel embarks on future apartment conversion – Red Deer Advocate


The Holiday Inn Express is the latest hotel in Red Deer to request a zoning change to convert to residential apartments.

The 94-room motel, located at the corner of Molly Banister Drive and Gaetz Avenue, is now zoned C-4. The owners are looking to rezone at C-5 for mixed commercial use. This would allow the facility to be converted into 50 apartment style residential units in the future, if a development permit is approved.

The rezoning was recommended by the City of Red Deer administration and approved by council on Tuesday.

Council has heard that it aligns with city plans and policies, is compatible with surrounding uses, and provides future flexibility for a variety of uses.

“By adding hotels and motels as a use in C-5, the landowner has the option of converting the building back into a motel if they wish in the future,” said a report sent to council.

This is the fourth hotel in Red Deer that has requested to convert some or all of its rooms for longer-term residential use.

City planning director Emily Damberger told city council the Sandman Hotel has already redeveloped some rooms for multiple family use.

The Travelodge, next to the Holiday Inn Express, has a site exception allowing up to 47 one-bedroom residential units as permitted use – although these units have not been developed.

And the Baymont Inn, just south of downtown, has also partially converted to residential condos.

“Hotels and motels have explored other redevelopment options as the future of traditional hotel use is in question,” Damberger’s report tells the board. “Rezoning and reuse of the motel is an effective and efficient method of ensuring vitality and flexible use options for this site and area, now and in the future. “

She noted that many hotels are also in the process of converting in Calgary and Edmonton.

Council heard that the area around the Bower Place shopping center is “walkable” and well served by transit stops.

“We have to be a city that encourages mixed uses and redevelopment,” Coun said. Diane Wyntjes. “We all know that additional housing is needed. It is important to offer a choice of accommodation.

The council having approved the rezoning at first reading, a public hearing will take place on August 24.

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