READY TO BUILD
Hampton Inn site work expected to begin in Charlottetown this September
“Essentially, we’re just at the starting point. We have completed the design. We have the drawings ready to go. So, we start with civil work and then we go right into foundations and start on the structure.” Jeff Appleton
Residents could see site work on a new Hampton Inn & Suites hotel on Capital Drive begin as early as next month.
“Essentially, we’re just at the starting point. We have completed the design. We have the drawings ready to go. So, we start with civil work and then we go right into foundations and start on the structure,” Jeff Appleton, CEO of DP Murphy Group of Companies, said on Tuesday.
Appleton said a tender to perform site work on the estimated $15-million project closes this week. The work involves removing topsoil and replacing it with a more suitable topping as well as levelling and grading the area to get it “pad ready” for construction.
He said the plan is to have construction on the six-storey hotel completed in late 2018 on the 4.5-acre property between on Capital Drive near the Maypoint Road roundabout.
Charlottetown city councillor Greg Rivard said the project was approved by council in March. The property was already zoned commercial, but because the company wanted a height variance from four stories to six stories, the city was required to hold a public meeting to discuss the project. The company also held a public meeting to inform residents of the project, said Rivard.
The project is also located in Rivard’s ward. He said some of the concerns raised by residents involved increased traffic at the roundabout as well as privacy concerns because of the hotel’s increased height.
DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts wants to erect a six-storey Hampton Inn & Suites hotel on 4.5 acres between the Maypoint roundabout and North River Road on Capital Drive in Charlottetown.