Eight storeys to replace Admirals Inn

A contentious proposal to redevelop the Admirals Inn in James Bay will proceed

A contentious proposal to redevelop the Admirals Inn in James Bay will proceed, after a packed public hearing lasted until the wee hours.

While city staff recommended against rezoning the lot, which currently supports hotels, Victoria city council disagreed.

“I think it’s a good project,” said Coun. John Luton of the eight-storey residential redevelopment plan at 257 Belleville St.

“It’s struggling as an inn right now, so I’m not sure waiting around for a change in the economy, or a new model for a hotel, would necessarily make it successful there.”

While condo owners in the nearby Laurel Point complained about the loss of view, Luton said their most valuable views won’t be affected.

The developer has promised a $507,000 amenity package to the city.