June 8, 2023

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A former prison in New Westminster will become a 68-room hotel

A broad combine of makes use of are prepared for one of the remaining and most notable buildings of the former British Columbia Penitentiary in New Westminster.

The historic Gatehouse making, the main entrance into the previous sprawling jail in just what is now acknowledged as the Sapperton neighbourhood, will be transformed into a a few-star lodge, named Heritage Lodge.

Undertaking supervisor Vikram Bajwa told Day by day Hive Urbanized his relatives obtained the 1901-built property at 319 Governors Court in 2021, with information demonstrating the residence was bought for $5.1 million.

The approach is to give the residence with an infill enlargement by developing a new a few-storey, wooden-body resort wing to the south of the heritage making, in just the area parking whole lot. The current setting up would be thoroughly retained and preserved.

An underground parkade stage will give replacement automobile parking.

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The Gatehouse developing of the former British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Court docket in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

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The Gatehouse setting up of the former British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Court docket in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

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The south parking lot of the Gatehouse making of the previous British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Courtroom in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

Entirely, the hotel would have 68 guest rooms, together with experienced suites and a presidential suite on the second amount of the heritage constructing, which has because been renamed Governor’s Castle. Facilities for hotel visitors will also contain sauna and therapeutic massage rooms in the basement, as effectively as a health centre that would be accessible to both of those company and neighborhood seniors.

The current cafe house inside of the floor amount of the planned Heritage Resort will be re-opened as a new restaurant, maybe named as “Gatehouse Grill,” as a substitute of the earlier contemplated “Heritage Grill” identify — unrelated with an existing institution in the metropolis.

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The Gatehouse constructing of the former British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Court in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

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The Gatehouse making of the previous British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Court in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

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The Gatehouse building of the previous British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Court in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

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The Gatehouse making of the former British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Courtroom in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

As effectively, the present childcare area on the ground stage has also been leased to Springtree Kid Education, which is wanting to open up a 45-room childcare facility.

Office environment areas within just the higher amounts of the heritage creating have been leased to Castle Serious Estate, Kat Photo, Tattoo Artist, Hope Assisted Residing, and HM Coverage.

If all goes as prepared with the City of New Westminster’s permitting procedure, development could start off upcoming 12 months for a completion and opening in April 2024. The hotel would not only guidance neighborhood tourism, but also present much more accommodation options in shut proximity to Royal Columbian Medical center.

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The Gatehouse setting up of the previous British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Courtroom in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

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The Gatehouse setting up of the previous British Columbia Penitentiary at 319 Grosvenor’s Courtroom in New Westminster. (Sutton Centre Realty)

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Creative rendering of Heritage Resort within just the Gatehouse creating of the former BC Penitentiary at 319 Governors Courtroom, New Westminster. (KMBR Architects Planners)

KMBR Architects Planners is the design and style business for the job.

On the east side of the heritage making, subsequent to the heritage stairs primary down in the direction of Columbia Street, the open up house could be utilised for a farmers’ industry on weekends.

The federal prison once spanned the total eastern aspect of Glenbrook Ravine Park, with the 1st structures developed in 1878. Soon after much more fashionable and safer replacement jail amenities ended up developed in other places in BC, the penitentiary was completely closed in 1980. The domineering perimeter safety walls and numerous constructions were subsequently demolished, with the exception of constructions this sort of as the Gatehouse making and Gaol setting up.

BC Penitentiary in 1981:

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Aerial of BC Penitentiary in New Westminster, 1981. (City of New Westminster Archives)

Current Sapperton neighbourhood now, replacing the BC Penitentiary:

Spot of the Gatehouse developing of the previous BC Penitentiary at 319 Governors Court, New Westminster. (Google Maps)

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Location of the Gatehouse constructing of the former BC Penitentiary at 319 Governors Courtroom, New Westminster. (Google Maps)

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Place of the Gatehouse developing of the previous BC Penitentiary at 319 Governors Court docket, New Westminster. (Google Maps)