Own­ers of for­mer Colony Har­bour Inn con­sid­er­ing re­open­ing in 2019

Mean­while $2 mil­lion in ren­o­va­tions un­der­way at Rodd Grand Ho­tel

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The own­ers of Rodd Ho­tels and Re­sorts are ex­am­in­ing the for­mer Rodd Colony Har­bour Inn in Yar­mouth to see what will be in­volved should they de­cide to re­open the build­ing next spring.

Mark Rodd, pres­i­dent of Rodd Ho­tels and Re­sorts, said Fri­day, Oct. 26, they are in the “early, early stages” of ex­am­in­ing the build­ing.

“As you know, it’s been closed for a num­ber of years so there are some win­dow and roof­ing is­sues that we’re look­ing at,” he said.

“We had some en­gi­neers here from Prince Ed­ward Is­land this week and we’re look­ing at the scope of the project,” Rodd said.

He added af­ter they an­a­lyze the work in­volved and the bud­get re­quired the com­pany would “see where it goes.”

“We are op­ti­mistic about open­ing it,” said Rodd.

“June or July is fast ap­proach­ing and we want to be able to get our ducks in a row. If we’re con­fi­dent we can hit some tar­gets then we’re go­ing to go from there.”

The 65-room ho­tel closed in Jan­uary 2011, af­ter op­er­at­ing for 40 years. Twenty peo­ple were work­ing there at the time. At the time of the clo­sure the com­pany cited a slump­ing econ­omy and no ferry ser­vice in its de­ci­sion to close.

The ferry ser­vice did not op­er­ate be­tween Nova Sco­tia and Maine from the years 2010 to 2013. Bay Fer­ries, which re­turned to the route in 2016, re­cently wrapped up its third sea­son with The Cat, say­ing this year it had trans­ported 50,185 pas­sen­gers to and from Nova Sco­tia dur­ing its 2018 sailing sea­son.

Early on af­ter the ho­tel’s pub­lic clo­sure in 2011, the ho­tel had been used a few times to house visi­tors in town for events be­cause ex­tra ca­pac­ity was needed – such as when teams were here for the World Ju­nior A Chal­lenge.

The Colony Inn restau­rant stayed open af­ter the ho­tel closed, but it closed in 2013. Its 17 em­ploy­ees were moved to Rodd Grant Ho­tel.

The Colony Inn prop­erty was up for sale in re­cent years and has dropped in as­sess­ment value from $1,720,000 in 2008 to $210,000 in 2018.

In early 2017 fur­nish­ings and items in­side the ho­tel were do­nated to SHYFT Youth Ser­vices, which pro­vides ser­vices and as­sis­tance to home­less and at-risk youth. While based in Yar­mouth, the ser­vices are pro­vided to youth in Yar­mouth, Shel­burne and Digby coun­ties.

Mean­while, $2 mil­lion in ren­o­va­tions are tak­ing place at Rodd Grand Ho­tel. Up­grades are planned to re­fresh and mod­ern­ize guest rooms, fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties, meeting spa­ces and com­mon ar­eas in that fa­cil­ity.

“We plan on clos­ing down the sixth and sev­enth floor in late Jan­uary, early Fe­bru­ary for in­te­rior ren­o­va­tions,” said Rodd.

CARLA ALLEN

The own­ers of the Rodd Colony Har­bour Inn are con­sid­er­ing re­open­ing the com­plex next spring.

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