Amid parking crunch, downtown resort racks up $11K guest parking monthly bill

‘We can’t pay for that … As a company, we are just coming out COVID. We have not recovered as of yet,’ reported Champlain Waterfront Hotel common manager

A historic downtown lodge is acquiring a ‘lot’ of concerns with confined waterfront parking options and the hotel’s administration is calling on the city for a solution.

Sunray Team of Lodges, which operates the Champlain Waterfront Hotel and Fionn MacCool’s cafe, has about 32 parking spaces for both of those spots, explained regional general supervisor, Shan Wickremasinghe.

With 58 rooms at the lodge and shared good deal use with the restaurant. On the other hand, Wickremasinghe says parking is generally scarce, significantly via the active summer months.

As a answer, the hotel has presented to fork out, when necessary, for guest parking on off-internet site municipal loads — a shift that has expense around $11,000 given that 2020 and experienced a “significant impact” on the hotel.

“I’ve been attempting to function with the metropolis for (the) longest time to locate a positive option,” Wickremasinghe informed OrilliaMatters. “We reimburse the parking costs due to the fact we do not want the attendees to spend. We will be the only hotel that’ll be charging for parking if we question the friends to pay.”

By the summertime, Wickremasinghe claimed more than 50 friends per week call for off-web-site parking, and even in the gradual year, if a hockey crew stays for a tournament, for case in point, the constrained on-internet site parking can be loaded immediately.

Before this summer time, Wickremasinghe wrote town council requesting 10 municipal parking places from Sunday via Thursday, and 15 on Friday and Saturday to support meet the demand from customers for parking.

“I do understand that there’s a cost to do this, and I’m not inquiring for cost-free,” he said, noting he proposed a figure of around $70 for each place each thirty day period.

On Aug. 29, Mayor Don McIsaac sent a letter to Wickremasinghe discussing possible alternatives the response was provided in previous week’s council information offer.

“On July 17, 2023, council handed a bylaw employing two permit styles that are available for purchase for Municipal Parking Ton 15: a $70 normal permit and a $200 transferable allow,” the mayor wrote.

The transferable permit, McIsaac mentioned, is meant for use by nearby corporations and their customers, and the recently designed Large amount 15 provides 50 permits on a first-occur, initial-served basis that may perhaps be renewed just about every month.

The permits are out there concerning April 15 and Nov. 15 each individual yr.

“I belief that the great news of regular parking permits in Great deal 15 will support you with your parking demands,” the mayor wrote.

Wickremasinghe, on the other hand, mentioned a price of $200 for every place each thirty day period would be prohibitively high priced for the hotel, provided the amount of areas the hotel needs.

“We cannot pay for that. (There’s) no way that would be really high-priced for us,” he reported. “As a enterprise, we are just coming out COVID. We are nevertheless recovering. We have not recovered as of but.”

Even with that, Wickremasinghe stressed he desires to foster a good dialogue with the town to uncover a excellent option.

Offered the current situation, even with the lodge paying out for off-web page parking, Wickremasinghe said it has experienced an effect on guest encounters — whether they are disappointed with obtaining to park off website, or truly feel unsafe going for walks from downtown a lot late at evening back again to the resort.

“If you go to social media, go to online journey companies, go to Expedia … You may well see tons of opinions about parking,” he reported.