OSHAWA, ON—Chayell Hospitality Group and Oshawa dignitaries marked the beginning of construction of the six-storey downtown Holiday Inn Express and Convention Centre with an official groundbreaking ceremony on June 6.
The 125-room, $21-million hotel and convention centre will be located at the corner of Simcoe Street North and Richmond Street East, replacing the former Queen’s Market and a municipal parking lot.
It will include a restaurant with an outdoor patio, indoor pool and fitness facilities, and a convention centre that will accommodate approximately 300-400 people. The property will also have surface and underground parking, with the underground parking garage connected to both the hotel and conference centre.
Preliminary concept designs for the project have been approved by Oshawa city council, and site preparation is underway. Developers Abdul and Ali Rehman will be finalizing their building and site plan drawings over the summer and intend to start construction as early as Fall 2013.
“We are positive that quality accommodation in downtown Oshawa will not only complement existing businesses including the GM Centre, it will also attract and build confidence of other developers to invest in downtown Oshawa,” said Abdul Rehman, president of Chayell Hospitality Group, in a release.
“We see the growth potential in downtown Oshawa. Bringing the Holiday Inn Express & Convention Centre to downtown Oshawa will help it realize its destination potential,” said Ali Rehman, vice-president of Chayell Hospitality Group.