Best Western hotel planned for city

The new Best Western Hotel permit was issued this month.

Developers say they hope to start construction of a new 123-room Best Western Plus hotel next week.

Sarid Moman, president of Braza Construction, said the company hopes to have all paperwork finalized this week, setting it up to start digging and building a foundation for the hotel on Monday.

The hotel is being built at 86 Street and 85 Avenue, across from Ridgeview Village and near the current Howard Johnson hotel, on land currently zoned for service commercial.

Moman said the company has been studying the Fort St. John market for years, with a keen eye on natural gas and Site C dam developments.

“We thought that was a good opportunity for us to be a part of the city,” he said.

“We look at Fort St. John as a hub city. There are a lot of positive things that we are seeing.”

Construction of the $10-million project is expected to take up to 18 months, with Moman eyeing a possible opening in November 2016. The hotel will be four storeys and include an on-site restaurant, Moman said.

The company currently owns one hotel, the Grouse Inn in North Vancouver, though Moman said the company did not build that property.

Braza is more known for residential and mixed-use building construction, said Moman.

The company is looking at acquiring more land in both the city and the regional district in the near future, Moman said.