We do not need another hotel downtown. We have enough already: The Thompson, The Executive, The Plaza, Crossroads, and the motels on Columbia Street. What we need is an apartment complex and a parkade on the empty spot where the new hotel is supposed to be built. This will cover the parking problem and the affordable housing.
Stores can also be built on the lower level. This will provide income all year around, whereas a hotel will have a slow period in the wintertime.