Marriott developers working to attract retailers, restaurants to business park


By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s business park could be greatly expanded in the next few years.


Work has begun on a new TownPlace Suites Marriott on Millennium Way behind Sobeys. The hotel is expected to be open by late spring 2015 with 84 guest rooms and suites on five floors and will feature a saltwater swimming pool and indoor golf simulator. A 6,500-square-foot conference centre will connect to the hotel.


Legacy Hospitality Management and Development is developing the project on three acres, but the company owns 30 acres off Millennium Way that are available for development. Arif Ismail, managing partner with Legacy Hospitality, told The Independent last Wednesday that the company is in talks with a number of businesses that have expressed interest in occupying space on the property.


“We are negotiating to get industrial, commercial and retail here,” he said. “We want to develop that portion of land in the next few years.”


Ismail said there is also a couple of restaurants that are interested in opening up here, but he is unable to divulge any details while negotiations are taking place.


The Marriott construction is expected to take between 12 to 14 months to complete.


“If we have another winter like we had this year it would be more on the 14-month side,” Ismail said.


The hotel will be geared towards guests staying for extended periods and the rooms will be equipped with kitchenettes. Ismail said this type of hotel is something that Kincardine has been lacking.


“We wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t a need,” he said. “We thought a TownPlace Marriott would be perfect with the conference centre to attract business to Kincardine.”


The conference centre could also be used for gatherings and weddings, he added.


Ron Coristine, executive director for the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC), said the fact that Legacy Hospitality is working to encourage other businesses to move to Kincardine is great news for the municipality.


“It’s fantastic,” he said. “We are looking for that kind of investment and we are looking for anchors to draw other businesses, which will draw customers. I’m impressed with Arif’s commitment to this development. He’s a businessman who sees potential and he sees potential here.”


An official ground breaking for the TownPlace Suites Marriott is tentatively scheduled for May 14.