WINDSOR, ONT. – Something new is planned for Windsors Little Italy.
Randy Saccucci, co-owner of 781 Erie Street, believes a boutique hotel is exactly what the area needs to add to the restaurants, cafes, and proximity to downtown.
“We believe this will be the first independently run boutique hotel in Windsor,” says Saccucci.
Located on the corner of Erie Street and Marentette, the building was originally intended for residential use, but at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Development and Heritage on Monday, a rededication was decided to convert the 4-story building into a 12-unit hotel.
“If the city of Windsor is to grow, then hotels are ultimately one of the things that are needed. More tourists, more hotels, ”says Saccucci.
Saccucci says the $ 8 million development, if approved by the council next month, will create dozens of jobs.
“As soon as we have found out what we are doing with the commercial space on the ground floor, we assume that between the hotel and the commercial space there will be a total of between 15-30 jobs,” says Saccucci.
“When we first heard about it, we were really happy about it. We always wanted that on Erie Street, a nice little boutique hotel, ”says Fil Rocca, President of the BIA on Erie Street.
He says it’s another reason for visitors to come to the area.
“I’ve met with people from overseas booking weddings for 2022 and they are already asking me to book some rooms across the street. It’s going to be a great thing for Erie Street and Windsor, ”says Rocca.
“We offer everything from five-star to lower-economy, and if this goes now beyond a beautiful boutique hotel it is a very welcoming addition to our range of accommodation in the area,” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.
Hotels, an industry hit hard by the pandemic, are seeing a slow recovery ahead of them, according to Orr.
“They predict 2024 before we start seeing pre-COVID numbers. However, there is a need for accommodation in various market segments. So hopefully there will be a demand when this is built and we see our accommodations rise again, ”Orr says.
Saccucci says that when each suite opens, it has a full kitchen and its own balcony. Completion is scheduled for January 2022.
“Although the apartments would have been rented out and we had many inquiries about apartments. I think a hotel goes much better with the street and this corner, ”says Saccucci.