I am just assuming, but where there is smoke there is fire. With the overhaul of the former St. Mary’s Paper site via the addition of the Machine Shop, Mill Steakhouse, The Boiler Room, Ice Cream shop etc, it was only apparent that SIS Group owner Tony Porco had a vision………and it’s coming to fruition.
Recently the provincial government announced that they will allocate $5 million dollars Tony’s way in his endeavour to relocate the Agawa Canyon Train station. Word actually got out last year but it wasn’t supposed to. A conversation I had with someone close to the source, told me that the info slipped out and wasn’t supposed to be known until further due diligence had been done. (Grants/Funding Applications etc)
I have to applaud the forward thinking that will bring much-needed traffic to the once ghost town at the end of Huron St.
The view from the International Bridge coming into Canada has been an eyesore during the St.Marys Papers’ tenure, and certainly after, but with the money that has been poured into (the site) and with certainly more pouring into the redevelopment, it will only be a positive for the travelling eyes memories of their initial greeting of Canada.
Now getting back to the hotel; these are just my thoughts as I haven’t heard anything, but my guess is that it would be a no brainer and I’m sure it’s in the works sometime down the road.
With the relocation of the train station and the $ Millions $ of dollars, the summer/fall colour train brings in each year, a full-service hotel only feet away from disembarking off the train would only make sense.
Currently, The Quality Inn enjoys preferential treatment of sorts considering its location, but with greenery, parks, steakhouse etc, just steps away………….and off the beaten path, I can see $225 standard hotel rooms EASILY reserved during the peak periods without hesitation and as quickly as they are available.
As important as the product is, the strong US dollar (economics) is,……… it’s also about “location, location, location” in my opinion.
To be quite frank, Tony will enjoy a “baby” monopoly of sorts; in that just by advertising, “only feet away from the train station, the Francis H. Clergue Hotel and Suites offers you” ….. would be just as natural as a paddle in a canoe or a string on a violin.
Anyway, I think the vision by Tony is great for our community, and I am not joking about the boat. How spectacular would the Norgoma look anchored on land somewhere near the hotel, train station, Machine Shop etc? More than a few necks cranked to the right from oncoming traffic into our fine country will be had. You can probably throw in a few car accidents as well.
On another note Tony, make it a hotel with an indoor water park; this will ensure high occupancy during the winter months….for locals and tourists alike.
Anyway, these are just my thoughts.
Thanks for reading,