Whistler bowling alley still on hold 

Council Brief: 'The covenant modification and liquor licence applications are on hold until and unless we hear from the proponents,' says municipality

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO - PROPOSAL ON HOLD: An artist's rendering of a bowling alley and games facility that was proposed for Whistler Village last year.
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  • PROPOSAL ON HOLD: An artist's rendering of a bowling alley and games facility that was proposed for Whistler Village last year.

Nearly one year after plans for a bowling alley in Whistler Village were publically presented to council, the project is still on hold.

The application to the RMOW, first presented on April 24, 2018, proposed a massive overhaul of the long-vacant property located at 4295 Blackcomb Way (formerly the AlpenRock House, which closed in 2002), including a restaurant, patio and lounge on the main level, and eight bowling lanes, billiards, ping pong, foosball, skee-ball and basketball nets on the lower level.

The 616-seat proposal—from Calgary-based Concorde Group—complies with the property's current zoning but requires modifications to two covenants, which would have taken it through the public-hearing process.

After it was first presented, the proposal drew opposition from Whistler's bar and restaurant sector (read more in Pique, June 28, 2018: www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/whistler-bar-and-restaurant-sectors-come-out-against-bowling-alley/Content?oid=9443870).

A public hearing scheduled for Sept. 18, 2018, was cancelled due to some "11th-hour" issues with the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, putting the process on hold.

Asked for an update, the RMOW said it has not received further proposals from Concorde or Larco Investments, which owns the property.

"Therefore, the covenant modification and liquor licence applications are on hold until and unless we hear from the proponents," a municipal spokesperson said.

Neither Concorde nor Larco responded to Pique's requests for further updates before deadline.

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