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Marriott Towneplace coming to Petawawa

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

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PETAWAWA – The town is close to seeing another major hotel going up.

Council reviewed a site plan application on Monday night from Waterfront Inn (Sault) Limited for a commercial hotel development proposal for the Town Centre Subdivision situated off Petawawa Boulevard. The 80-unit facility will come under the brand of Marriott Towneplace Hotel and Suites.

“It's been a long time coming and it's great to see it moving to the approval process,” said Mayor Bob Sweet.

The proposed development, which could begin construction later this fall, is to be located within a high profile area of the Town Centre Subdivision and it will be visible from the major intersection of Petawawa Boulevard and Murphy Road. In her report to council, director of planning and development Karen Cronier explained that the four-floor hotel will be marketed for extended stay travelers offering guests modern spacious suites with full kitchens.

The floor plans identify guestrooms having fully functional space for both living and working and with hotel facilities that include an indoor pool and fitness centre. The exterior of the building will offer attractive landscaped areas with an exterior patio and barbeque area as well as a fire pit to accommodate those guest on extended stays.

Cronier noted the main entrance to the site is off of Town Centre Boulevard and a secondary entrance has also been approved off of Murphy Road. In accordance with a request from the Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee both the pool and spa will be provided with pool lifts. The proposed building height is 16.51 metres and will not exceed the approved height of 17 metres.

A fence is to be constructed along the rear lot line of the adjacent residential properties fronting on Butler Boulevard in order to provide additional privacy. Noting that several trees were cut down eliminating a natural buffer between a nearby residential subdivision and the hotel, Councillor Gary Serviss asked if any new trees will be planted. Cronier answered the lot line will be 30 metres from the indoor pool adding the trees were removed due to disease.

Staff concluded the proposal is appropriate development for the subject property and recommended the town enter into a site development agreement.

SChase@postmedia.com