Area hotel needed say supporters
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Orleans’ first hotel development in 30 years will be a catalyst for continued growth in the area, the ward’s councillor said yesterday.
Announced yesterday in Orleans, a 70-room Days Inn proposed for the corner of Tenth Line Road and St. Joseph Boulevard is "a long time coming," said Coun. Bob Monette. "This is something the community will benefit from."
A new hotel is much needed for Orleans, which currently has a population of about 100,000, Monette said, adding it will complement the town centre and encourage further growth in the ward.
The up to $6-million project will be underway as soon as the city approves the building permits, said hotelier Bahadur Shariff. Slated for completion by January, the plan is to break ground in mid-June, said Jay Mathewson, general manager of Days Inn Ottawa Airport.
"There is a tremendous need for hotels in this part of the city," said Mathewson. "There’s a tremendous boom in this part."
The hotel will lead business to the area, he predicted. It will employ 20 full-time and 10 part-time employees to start.
"This is great news for Orleans and great for the City of Ottawa," said Mayor Larry O’Brien. "I am glad to see this exciting project move forward. It will certainly help the economic development in the east end."
Shariff said he chose the location because of its proximity to Highway 417 and Tenth Line. "It’s close to lots of businesses," he said. "We need and support the restaurants in the community."
With files from Amanda Saffioti