Plans to build a Holiday Inn Express Hotel were first made public in September (see link below) with the next stage a public meeting which was held on November 4th. The new hotel will be four stories with 82 rooms and will be built on an extension of DePalma Drive alongside Home Depot. The original application for rezoning asked for a number of exemptions including less than required parking and less than required landscaping. However, by the time of the public meeting, these concerns were resolved leaving only the rezoning to allow a hotel. Since both the County and Town’s Official Plans allow hotels in this location, this would seem to be merely a formality. No objections were raised at the meeting – no-one spoke in favour or against.
As expected, more details were provided by the developer and the planning department. Ryan Guetter spoke at the meeting on behalf of DePalma Developments & Weston Consulting and Rob Franklin spoke on behalf of the Town’s planning department. The Planning department recommended approval which Council later provided.
A section of land that runs from the 401 down to Elgin and at the back of Walmart and Home Depot is called the DePalma land and its West side is at the boundary of Cobourg with Hamilton Township. Access to the Hotel will be from an extension of DePalma Drive so the end of the cul-de sac will move further West. See the location plan below. The land south of the Hotel is expected to see a sub-division at a later date – probably commercial or industrial buildings.
Be sure to click to enlarge images below.
The ground floor area of the hotel building includes 4 hotel rooms, meeting rooms, a board room, fitness and pool room, laundry area, and meal space. Further, the ground floor contains those areas typical of administration of a hotel including the lobby, sales and management offices, and those rooms used for maintenance of the hotel. The building area is 1280 sq. meters (13,786 sq. ft.) with a total floor area of 5,060 sq. meters (54,493 sq. ft.)
There will be 82 rooms with distribution per this table:
|Guestroom King X-Wide||0||1||1||3||5|
|Guestroom King Suite||0||3||3||3||9|
|Guestroom King Accessible||1||2||2||0||5|
|Guestroom Queen Suite||0||2||2||2||6|
|Guestroom Queen Accessible||0||1||1||1||3|
Planning rules require 102 parking spaces and 103 will be provided
The next step is site plan approval and although it will come to Council for approval, it does not include a public meeting. Looking at the information provided (see links below), the developers are well on their way with details so work should start relatively quickly – I understand a start is expected early 2020.
- New Hotel planned – 7 September 2019
- Report by Planning Department (Rob Franklin)
- Developer’s Planning Justification Report
- Urban Design Brief – includes floor plans and elevations