143-year-old Amherstburg building to be transformed into boutique hotel

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A century-old building in historic downtown Amherstburg needs a makeover.

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On Monday, Amherstburg City Council unanimously approved the site plan and development agreement to convert 72 Murray St. into a boutique hotel — complete with eight themed rooms, retail space and a terrace on the roof.

“Council is delighted with this project,” Councilman Don McArthur said Tuesday. “He takes an old building and completely transforms it.”

With council approval, major renovations are expected to begin in the spring.

One block from scenic Dalhousie Street, the two-story structure on the northwest corner of Murray Street and Ramsay Street dates from 1879.

Due to its age and location, the building is listed as a “Property of Interest” on the City of Amherstburg Heritage Register.

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Artist’s rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg. Image via Archon Architects Inc. Photo of the town of Amherstburg /Windsor Star

The project went through several reviews by the municipality’s heritage planner, who approved the final version of the concept, as did the heritage committee.

The Amherstburg Building Services Department, Fire Department, Windsor Police Department and Essex Region Conservation Authority also gave the green light to the project.

The Council’s report lists a numbered Ontario company as the developer, but other documents show the developers to be Kyle McDonald and Lauri Brouyette of the Airbnb location of Amherstburg Mariner’s Rescue Riverfront Estate.

The Murray Street Hotel would operate similarly to an Airbnb, with visitors able to book and access their rooms via their mobile phone.

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Artist's rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg.  Image via Archon Architects Inc.
Artist’s rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg. Image via Archon Architects Inc. Photo of the town of Amherstburg /Windsor Star

McArthur hailed the project as another example of a transformative explosion of entrepreneurship in the heart of Amherstburg.

“It’s just south of River Bookshop,” he noted. “There’s a bakery nearby, which is brand new… We’ve had murals put up, we’ve opened a yoga studio, all kinds of funky new shops.”

“Next to the bookstore, a confectionery will open this year. And next to that, a new kitchen store,” McArthur said. “It’s amazing what’s happening in Amherstburg.

Along with a future 76-unit Hampton Inn and Suites hotel on Dalhousie Street at the corner of Gore Street, such developments and events promise to make historic Amherstburg even more appealing to people across the region and elsewhere.

“It’s great for local residents, but it’s also great to help the city maximize our tourism potential,” McArthur said.

“You can come for the excellent view of the river, but there will be reasons for people to stay longer. People will not only stay two hours, they will stay two days.

The building at 72 Murray Street in Amherstburg – future site of a boutique hotel.  Photographed on January 25, 2022.
The building at 72 Murray Street in Amherstburg – future site of a boutique hotel. Photographed on January 25, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
Artist's rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg.  Image via Archon Architects Inc.
Artist’s rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg. Image via Archon Architects Inc. Photo of the town of Amherstburg /Windsor Star
Artist's rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg.  Image via Archon Architects Inc.
Artist’s rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg. Image via Archon Architects Inc. Photo of the town of Amherstburg /Windsor Star
Artist's rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg.  Image via Archon Architects Inc.
Artist’s rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg. Image via Archon Architects Inc. Photo of the town of Amherstburg /Windsor Star
Artist's rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg.  Image via Archon Architects Inc.
Artist’s rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg. Image via Archon Architects Inc. Photo of the town of Amherstburg /Windsor Star
Artist's rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg.  Image via Archon Architects Inc.
Artist’s rendering of the proposed boutique hotel development at 72 Murray St. in Amherstburg. Image via Archon Architects Inc. Photo of the town of Amherstburg /Windsor Star

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