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2012-05-11 at 15:21

Hotel a go after OMB appeal dropped

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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

A proposed five-storey hotel in Thunder Bay’s Intercity area will go ahead.

Markham-based Easton’s Group of Hotels received approval to build a 142-room Marriott Town Place Suites hotel on land near the Real Canadian Superstore earlier this year. But an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board from Superstore owner Loblaws Properties West threatened to halt the development, which would also include two restaurants and a retail store.

But as of Friday, Easton CEO Steve Gupta said Loblaw’s has dropped its appeal.

“That situation is resolved hopefully. There will be a couple of minor issues but I’m confident they’ll be resolved. I’m really pleased Loblaws took that stand and have withdrawn their appeal, which is good news for everybody because litigation doesn’t help anyone,” Gupta said.

Gupta said the appeal has delayed the project by three months but construction should now begin within 45 days.

Speculation that a Harvey's would be attached to this development has also ended. 

Thompson Centre's Inc says they've decided to go forward with an A& W restaurant. Negotiations continue for the addition of a sit-down restaurant

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