By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
The Holiday Inn Express, meant for completion for the Pan Am Games this July, will need a miracle to be completed by that time.
“Miracles can happen, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be done,” says David Sappleton, a planner in the city’s planning services department.
The $21-million project, which got underway last summer, was previously touted for its ideal timing for the Pan Am Games in July to help accommodate some of the thousands of athletes and spectators that will flood the city.
However, according to Sappleton, issues with soil held up construction. Completion of the six-storey, 125-unit hotel and conference centre is now planned for the fall.
“They’ve had some issues that they had to deal with in terms of the site itself and they’ve worked through those,” Sappleton says. “Now that they have the foundation in and the garage is capped off, they’ll be going pretty quickly up to the six floors that they have.”
Chayell Hospitality Group, the developers of the property, could not be reached for comment.
Sitting on the northeast corner of Simcoe Street North and Richmond Street East, the new hotel was the previously home to Queen’s Market Square and a municipal parking lot.