The Cube Hotel is thinking outside of the box for the staff housing crisis. The Cube Hotel is the quaint, unique complex that is located at 311 Campbell Avenue that many long-time locals will remember it as a hardware supply store.
The owner is looking to build a two-storey dwelling structure at 303 Second Street west to alleviate a major issue that Revelstoke has; staff housing. This free standing structure that would be next to the hotel would contain two small suites (or micro suites) that are 341 square feet, and created strictly for long-term rental accommodations for seasonal staff as well as open to renting to the public. The unit would contain bachelor suite on each level with a dining/living area, built in bed and storage, restroom and a balcony for the upper floor and patio for the main level. In lieu of providing parking, the applicant has agreed to register a covenant against the title of the Cube Hotel property which will restrict the use of the two dwelling units to long-term (greater than 30 day) rental periods.
In a memorandum to the Advisory Planning Commission, City Planner Daniel Sturgeon noted, “This will prohibit the units from being rented as hotel rooms or short term rentals, and will ensure that they are available as permanent or semi-permanent affordable accommodations for workers.”
With this proposal addressing the affordable housing crisis for both long term living as well as housing for workers, a cash-in-lieu order for parking is not required, however is the covenant is to be discharged at some point, the Cash-in-lieu clause could be implemented.