I am appalled by the amount of misinformation that has been circulated recently mostly by “naysayers” on Facebook and in letters regarding the George Hotel and Residences project.
For example, some have expressed concern that the height of the project may set precedence on the waterfront. The Harbour Plan and the official community plan requires each site to be viewed on its own merit and the re-zoning approval for this development will not set a precedent for future development applications.
Also, according to the proponent’s consultants, the George project has never been forwarded to council before, nor has an application been rejected. In fact, this is the first time an application has ever been submitted.
Furthermore, the economic benefits of this project are far-reaching with millions of dollars of direct benefits in construction and hospitality industry jobs as well as municipal taxes. An estimated $5.3 million in direct hotel wages per annum will help to diversify the Gibsons economy and reduce unemployment.
Spin-off revenue is projected at approximately $11 million spending per year and has been determined by reputable hospitality industry economists. This will be measured through increased revenue for existing Gibsons Landing and Gibsons area merchants, businesses, restaurants, artists and artisans, musicians, recreational and tourist services, locally grown food production companies, and many more local services and potential new businesses that will be required to meet the market demand for goods and services.
These facts are available in the reports submitted to the Town at: www.gibsons.ca (the George DA page) as well as reported on-line at: http://georgegibsonshotel.com/Q&A for anyone who cares to follow the facts instead of listening to “hearsay.”