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Here's the latest on the North Delta Inn site

High-density residential concepts have been discussed for the site
The city will issue a two-week notice for the liquor store to cease operating if the owner fails to comply with the conditions of the temporary use permit.

Delta council last week agreed with a staff recommendation to once again extend a temporary use permit for a liquor store at the North Delta Inn site.

The move allows the owner to operate the store, fronting Scott Road south of 70th Avenue, until June 28, 2025, as well as additional time to submit a formal high-density residential development application for the property.

The owner had previously been granted a temporary use permit in 2016, a second temporary use permit in 2019 and a subsequent renewal in 2020.

A new temporary use permit is required in order for the liquor store to continue while the owner continues to work on a redevelopment plan.

Community planning director Marcy Sangret told council the owner has been working with city staff on potential residential concepts and an application is expected by the end of this year.

The hotel was torn down several years ago after the city moved to close it.

The former hotel at the time had been used as an unauthorized low-income housing complex and it was riddled with code violations.

When the hotel was torn down, the city allowed a liquor store that was still operating on the site to relocate temporarily to another building fronting the property.

The Official Community Plan designation for this site is mixed-use, intended for multi-unit residential as the primary use and retail and office commercial, recreation, cultural, public and open space as secondary uses.

In 2019, a proposed development concept for the property was discussed by council. That plan was a mixed-use development that included a total of 432 residential units and some commercial and public amenity space.

The plan included a six-storey rental building on the west portion of the site, a 24-storey building in the middle of the site and a 29-storey building on the east portion of the site.

The owners reduced the proposed heights to comply with a six-storey height limit, which came from recommendations of the Mayor's Housing Task Force for Scott Road.

Meanwhile, the property where the hotel stood remains vacant. Council last week asked staff to ensure the owners keep the property tidy.

A report to council notes that city staff have recently worked with the owner to address concerns regarding site cleanliness. Additionally, the owner has expressed a commitment to ensuring cleanliness and now requires their employees to conduct regular walks around the building to pick up any discarded items in the parking lot.

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