READY TO BUILD

Hamp­ton Inn site work ex­pected to be­gin in Char­lot­te­town this Septem­ber

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY TER­RENCE MCEACH­ERN

“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.

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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.

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