Plans underway for new Marriott hotel


By Barb McKay


A new hotel for Kincardine is a step closer to becoming a reality.


During its meeting last Wednesday, council gave initial approval to a site plan agreement for a TownPlace Suites Marriott on Millennium Way in the Kincardine business park. Council also agreed to remove a holding provision and accept cash in lieu of parkland for the property. A bylaw will be brought back to tonight’s council meeting.


The five-storey hotel will feature 84 guest rooms and suites and a salt water swimming pool. A 6,500-square-foot conference facility will be connected to the hotel. The hotel is being designed for extended stays and rooms will be equipped with kitchenettes.


Council deferred approving a development agreement for the project because municipal staff is waiting on additional information from the hotel’s developers, Legacy Hospitality Management and Development, on storm water management issues. Once the issues are addressed, they will need to be approved by Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.


Legacy will provide securities, totalling $152,000 for the project, which will be returned once the project is complete, and $18,700 in lieu of parkland on the hotel site.


Kincardine building and planning director, Michele Barr, said the hotel will be temporarily connected to water and sewer services on Durham Street and may be required to disconnect and hook up to services off of Russell Street when they are eventually installed. Legacy will be subject to development fees associated with that extension of services and there is a clause in the development agreement requiring the company to do so.


Councillor Ron Coristine said it seemed to be an expensive proposition to require developers to pay for the expansion of services on land that is already expensive to purchase. He questioned if the municipality might be deterring developers from coming to the park.


Mayor Larry Kraemer said developers would have the expense anyway if they put in their own water or sewer systems.


“There is no free way to do any of these things,” he said. “It is the cost of doing business.”


Councillor Ken Craig said it might be beneficial to get comparative costs from other municipalities for development, including land fees, road construction costs and the cost to install municipal services.


Arif Ismail, managing partner of Legacy, said the company is not looking for any breaks from the municipality, it just wants to move the process along to build the hotel.