Marriott Hotel project one more step closer to reality
By Liz Dadson

Kincardine council

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Arif Ismail (L), managing partner of Legacy Hospitality Management and Development Inc. of Richmond Hill, shows Kincardine council some drawings of the proposed Marriott Hotel and Conference Centre, slated for east of Sobeys in the Kincardine Business Park, east of Highway 21

The TownePlace Suites Marriott hotel project, slated for east of Sobeys in the Kincardine Business Park, is gradually moving through the planning process.

The applicant is planning to build a five-storey, 84-room hotel and conference centre at 15 Millennium Way.

Wednesday night (Dec. 11), Kincardine council granted preliminary approval for the development agreement, site plan agreement, and the holding removal, on the property.

Chief planning official Michele Barr said the application has Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) approval but still needs approval from the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.

She expects a clean application will come to council for final approval at the meeting Dec. 18.

Barr said the subject lands are 11 hectares in area, with the hotel development located on about 4.7 hectares of that.

The development agreement includes provisions for the services to be extended east on the Durham Street extension to the limit of the current development and any works required on Millennium Way, she said.

In addition, the applicant is prepared to pay $18,700 in lieu of parkland, and that is included in the development agreement, said Barr.

She noted the municipality is currently conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the land at Highways 9 and 21.

Initially, services for the business park came from the extension of Durham Street and those costs have been borne by all the developments in the business park, said Barr. Future development, south of the proposed Russell Street extension, would have to connect to the services along that extension.

"What legislative tool can we use to ensure that they (Marriott Hotel) will disconnect from Durham Street and pay more to hook to Russell Street?" asked councillor Jacqueline Faubert.

"It's in the site plan," said Barr. "The project has a temporary hook-up to Durham Street but is involved in the extension of Russell Street. The site plan and development agreement go with the land and are registered on title."

Councillor Ron Coristine asked if the cost of the land plus the cost for services are creating a situation in which Kincardine is unable to attract business to the area?


A drawing of the proposed Marriott Hotel in Kincardine

"The municipal cost to provide services is a lot lower than if you were putting in your own systems," said mayor Larry Kraemer.

"We're not asking them to build a road," said Barr, "but to hook up to the services along Durham Street, temporarily."

"Perhaps we should have comparators from other communities, for serviced land, non-serviced land, and the cost to develop a hotel," said councillor Kenneth Craig.

Arif Ismail, managing partner of Legacy Hospitality Management and Development Inc. of Richmond Hill, developer of the project, urged council to assist in expediting the process.

The convention centre, to be located to the one side of the hotel, would hold 200-250 sit-down guests, or 500 guests in theatre-style seating.

The hotel rooms will feature full kitchens and a full hot breakfast and dinner will be included for extended-stay guests. The hotel will also have a salt water pool, and an indoor golf simulator.

The project was announced by the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation in June, and Ismail had hoped to be breaking ground within three to four months, with the new hotel completed within 10-14 months after that.

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