Hotel project kicks off busy construction season

MARATHON, ON. – The construction this spring of a hotel in downtown Marathon is expected to kick off a major construction boom in the city, which is expected to include a waterfront apartment complex and facility public works of $7.7 million.

“It’s a great time to be a member of our city team, to see all these wonderful things happen,” Mayor Rick Dumas said Friday.

City Council is due to decide at Monday’s meeting whether to sell two vacant lots on Peninsula Road for $100,000 to make way for a two-story, 53-room Travelodge hotel.

Last fall, a new Tim Hortons restaurant opened on the same block across from the Superior Place outdoor mall.

The developer of the hotel project, Cochrane-based CGV Developments, told the municipality it wanted to start construction in April, with a view to completing the first phase of the project by July.

CGV is the same company that built Marathon’s new seniors’ apartments and clubhouse.

The estimated cost of the hotel project was not immediately available on Friday. A three-storey hotel to be built in Hornepayne this year by another company has been set at $7.6 million.

Although the Marathon Hotel plan has not been sought by the municipality, Dumas has previously advocated for additional accommodation options. The city’s existing motels collectively offer approximately 125 rooms. The town also has a summer campsite, but it is often full.

Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, which is behind Marathon’s new waterfront apartment complex, said it could release more details about the 30-unit building in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Marathon chief administrator Daryl Skworchinski said the municipality is “confident” that construction of a new 16,000 square foot public works garage could begin this fall.

If approved by council, the steel structure will be built on the city’s existing public works lot on Penn Lake Road, bringing all divisions under one roof, including maintenance and mechanical shops.

“A new facility would be more economical to operate, improve overall productivity and require less maintenance and repairs,” said a city management report.

The report says the municipality could look to pay for the facility in 20 to 30 years, depending on the financing options chosen.

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