Construction of a $15-million Four Points by Sheraton hotel in the south end of North Bay could begin late this summer.
The property, owned by BVD Petroleum, is located close to the highway, with access off Pinewood Park Drive.
“It is the same company that currently owns the Petro-Pass gas station. Tim Hortons is our tenant and there is also a Burger King going up on the same property as well,” explained company representative Gagandeep Dhinsa.
She went on to say the company will be ready to go once all the required approvals and permits are in place and related COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
“Everything has gone to the city. Once we have our permits, we’re pretty much ready to go. It is just right now, as you know, there are all the restrictions in place,” said Dhinsa.
“We are definitely coming. It is just a matter of when can we start construction.”
The four-storey building will feature 120 rooms, including meeting rooms for the public.
“There should be about 50 new jobs created for the hotel. Those would be full- and part-time positions,” said Dhinsa.
“It is a quality brand. I think people will be more than happy to stay there.”
The proximity of the new casino just down the road is a major factor in wanting to move ahead with the project, Dhinsa said
“It definitely played a large part. It is going to bring a lot of business to the hotel for sure.”
During these troubling times, when COVID-19 continues to grab headlines, the company said it sees this as something positive for the community looking to the future.
“We already have a presence with the truck stop and the tenant Tim Hortons, the Burger King which we are going to franchise ourselves. We have been there for many years, so this is just adding to it,” said Dhinsa.
“Right now, a lot of people don’t have jobs. So, I think this will be great for people to know that there is a potential job for them there.”