Leagues club starts build on 123-room Boro­nia Rd ac­com­mo­da­tion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

ST MARYS Rugby League Club has re­ceived ap­proval to build an $18.8 mil­lion ho­tel on its site.

Work al­ready has started on the 123-room four-star venue over six storeys.

It is ex­pected to be com­pleted and open for busi­ness by Novem­ber 2017.

St Marys club pres­i­dent War­ren Smith wel­comed the new Hol­i­day Inn St Marys.

He said it had been in the pipe­line for years. “It will be great for our area,” he said.

A NEW six-storey ho­tel will soon trans­form the sky­line of North St Marys.

Con­struc­tion of the $18.8 mil­lion multi-level build­ing is al­ready un­der way, just two weeks af­ter the St Marys Rugby League Club de­vel­op­ment was given the tick of ap­proval by Pen­rith Coun­cil.

Saints pres­i­dent War­ren Smith said plans for a ho­tel had been work­shopped for years, and he was thrilled the vi­sion could now be­come a re­al­ity.

“We are very ex­cited; it is def­i­nitely needed in the area as there is not much ac­com­mo­da­tion around,” Mr Smith said.

“We are think­ing it will be some­thing great for our area and also give us a chance to raise more funds to help us sup­port rugby league in the dis­trict.”

Due to open its doors next Novem­ber, the modern ho­tel in Boro­nia Rd will have a 3.5 to 4-star rat­ing and in­cor­po­rate 123 rooms plus a gym­na­sium on the first floor.

Plans show the build­ing will be wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble, have a pick-up and drop-off zone out front and con­nect to the ex­ist­ing club.

There will be ad­di­tional park­ing added on-site to ac­com­mo­date vis­i­tors.

Mr Smith said the board en­sured there would be larger rooms, as many fam­i­lies at­tend the var­i­ous sport­ing cham­pi­onship events hosted by the club.

Once FDC Con­struc­tion com­pletes the ho­tel it will come un­der the Hol­i­day Inn brand but Mr Smith said St Marys Rugby League Club will own and run it.

Pen­rith Mayor John Thain, a North St Marys res­i­dent, said it was a wel­come ad­di­tion to the area.

“A new ho­tel like this adds to the op­por­tu­nity for more tourism,” he said.

While the new ho­tel will not in­clude a swim­ming pool, it fits into broader plans for the club, Mr Smith said.

“Five or six years away, our plans are to then build next to (the ho­tel) a very, big fit­ness cen­tre, which will be one of the best in Sydney,” he said.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the ap­proved ho­tel at North St Marys.

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