Hortons brews up support
Roll Up The Rim and Timbits are coming to Armstrong.
City council unanimously approved a development permit application from Kelowna-based Emil Anderson Construction Monday to build two commercial buildings, including a Tim Hortons restaurant, at the corner of Highway 97A and Harding Road.
The application is for the commercial aspect of a proposal that will also include housing options on the lot.
“We have an agreement with the TDL Group (Tim Hortons) to build a building in that location,” said Greg Asling, general manager of land development and homes for Emil Anderson Construction.
“Tonight was strictly for the form and character of the development. So just basically the aesthetics, the exterior planning, the signage and the landscaping.”
The other commercial building is unidentified at this point.
Coun. Ryan Nitchie said city planners had a few concerns, which the applicant has agreed to address.
“They’re recommending changes to the exterior finish, the cornice design at the top of the building and a crosswalk at the drive-through entry,” said Nitchie.
Asling said everything with the proposal, including the housing aspect, is moving along together and that the construction detail is being put together “right now.”
He anticipates about six more weeks away from ground work on the site and hopes to have Tim Hortons open and operating in the fall.
“We’re three months away from construction and our goal is Oct. 1,” said Asling.
Coun. Paul Britton excused himself from the discussions and the motion to approve the development permit, citing a potential conflict of interest.
Councillors Kelly Rowe and John Trainor were absent.