HOTEL GETS GREEN LIGHT
Leagues club starts build on 123-room Boronia Rd accommodation
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.