By Steve Hubrecht
steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com

Radium Hot Springs’ main street will have a new high-end lounge and cafe business, built and run by the former owners of Storm Mountain Lodge.

A development permit for the business was approved by Radium council members during a recent council meeting.

The development will entail constructing a one-story building which will house the lounge, cafe and a gift shop. The owners plan to build in a timber frame and stone style.

Business owners Kim Fraser and Steve Fear were at the meeting to give details about their plan to council. The couple explained they are former owners of Storm Mountain Lodge (located along Highway 93 South, almost right on the B.C./Alberta border) and have lived in the Columbia Valley for the past 10 years.

“We love the valley and we saw a gap…there’s no high-end lounge serving cocktails and small plate food. That’s not here and we want to fill that gap,” Fraser told council. “We want to create an oasis-like outdoor space to dine and drink coffee…We’re also very much into organic, local and healthy food.

Radium Mayor Clara Reinhardt indicated the design concept drawings and said the “aesthetics are very pleasing” and that the open timber design and rooflines play very well with the new Radium Community Centre.

“I don’t think we’ll have a problem approving this,” said Reinhardt.

Other councillors echoed Reinhardt’s sentiment, and approved the development permit.