Hotel planned for Waterfront


Project requires zoning OK

An $11-million hotel development might be completed along Waterfront Drive by late 2012.

Bill Coady, vice-president of Sunstone Boutique Hotels, unveiled plans for the project Wednesday, and said he hopes construction will begin this coming fall or winter.

“What we see the hotel as being is a great addition to the park and the neighbourhood,” he said.

Sunstone developed the condos located across the street from the proposed hotel project.

“We’ve got all these new residents here, and really, a lot of what it’s about is giving those folks another place to go enjoy the outdoor space,” Coady said.

Plans for the former Alexander Docks property include construction of a three-storey boutique-style hotel with 67 rooms.

“All of the rooms have a view of either downtown and Waterfront Drive, or the St. Boniface river park,” Coady said.

The former Harbourmaster’s building will be renovated into a restaurant that Coady says will be casual and affordable.

The hotel and restaurant will not be affiliated with a chain, and names for the businesses have not yet been determined.

Plans also include an outdoor public plaza, a picnic and seating area and walkways.

The city-owned land would be leased to the developer on a long-term basis.

City council still needs to approve the project’s zoning application.

“We’ve been working really closely with the city on this proposal,” Coady said. “The next step is the zoning … we’re hoping it’ll be before the committees in about two or three months.”

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