An 8-room boutique hotel is coming to downtown Amherstburg as part of a transformational redevelopment project on the northwest corner of Ramsay and Murray Streets.
The project will breathe new life into the 2-Way Automotive Building, which is listed as a Property of Interest on the Town’s Heritage Registry, and will feature commercial spaces and a rooftop terrace.
The eight hotel units will occupy the entire second floor of the redeveloped property. The architect told Council customers would be able to book and access the rooms through their phones and that the rooms would all be themed. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring.
The proponent worked through four different versions of the concept plans with the Town’s Heritage Planner to arrive at the approved plans, which were endorsed by the Town’s Heritage Advisory Committee on December 9th.
“The objective was to strike the right balance between functional needs of the redevelopment while minimizing interventions and making the new additions as subordinate as possible to the original building, as per best practices in heritage conservation,” said a report to Council. “Through this process, the rooftop additions were moved away from the front and street sides of the building to make them less visible and dominant.”
This is an exciting project for downtown Amherstburg, which is already springing to life with murals and new shops and I was happy to support it.
It is in addition, of course, to plans for a 76-suite hotel, to be operated by Hampton Inn and Suites By Hilton, at the intersection of Dalhousie and Gore Streets.