Cobourg’s Planning department has received a re-zoning application to allow a hotel to be built at the end of DePalma Drive between Home Depot and Walmart. The specific hotel brand has not been revealed but the company behind the application is DePalma Developments Limited which has been active in Cobourg for some time. It’s just at the notification stage – there will be a public meeting called before too long and more details are expected then. The proposed Hotel will “consist of 82 hotel suites, amenity space for hotel patrons including pool, fitness centre, meeting rooms, board room, meal space, and lobby area. Spaces for hotel staff office/administrative and maintenance will also be provided”. Below is a Google Earth map showing exactly where the property will be located.
Over the last decade or so, many people had hoped that a hotel would be built downtown – one option was on the vacant “Quigley” parking lot (200 Second Street) and the other was on the waterfront in the Trailer Park. But it seems that being near the 401 is more important than being downtown or near the Lake.
Around 1860, it was fashionable for wealthy people to live long term in hotels and Cobourg had several downtown catering to that – see Cobourg History site for more on that (use the site’s upgraded search capability to look for “hotel”). Note especially the Arlington which was in what is now Victoria Park. The only remaining downtown hotels are Kelly’s Homelike Inn and John Lee’s King George Inn. But with the exception of the popular Breakers (16 rooms), the largest Hotels are now nearer the 401. The Town’s Tourism web site has a full list here.
Map showing location of planned 4-storey 82 room hotel