Ex-board member to design hotel at Ex

A longtime mem­ber of the Exhibition Place board of governors has beenawarded the contract to design a $100-million hotel that he helpedapprove.

A longtime mem­ber of the Exhibition Place board of governors has been awarded the contract to design a $100-million hotel that he helped approve.

In March 2008, Toronto architect Rocco Maragna voted in favour of choosing New York-based HK Hotels to build the 26-storey, 300-room hotel — the final piece of a massive conference centre at the City of Toronto-owned Exhibition site.

Last March, while still on the board, Maragna was hired by HK Hotels to design the new hotel. This raised eyebrows among some board members. Several weeks ago, Maragna resigned from the board.

In an interview, the architect said once he was chosen by HK Hotels, he declared a conflict of interest whenever the board discussed the hotel.

 
 
Latest From ...
Most Popular From ...