$ 8 million boutique hotel slated for Windsor’s Little Italy
Windsor, Ont. –
There is something new planned for Windsor’s Little Italy.
781 Erie Street co-owner Randy Saccucci believes a boutique hotel is just what the neighborhood needs to add to restaurants, cafes and proximity to downtown.
âWe believe this is the first independent boutique style hotel in Windsor,â says Saccucci.
Located at the corner of Erie Street and Marentette Street, the building was originally zoned for apartments, but at Monday’s meeting of the Standing Committee on Development and Heritage, rezoning was passed to transform the building. of 4 floors in a hotel of 12 units.
âUltimately, if the city of Windsor is to grow, hotels are one of the things that will be needed. More tourists, more hotels, âsays Saccucci.
If approved by the board next month, Saccucci says the $ 8 million development will create dozens of jobs.
âOnce we understand what we are doing with the commercial space on the ground floor, we believe it will create between 15 and 30 jobs in total between the hotel and the commercial space,â Saccucci explains.
âWhen we first discovered it, we were very happy. it’s something we’ve always wanted on rue Erie, a nice little boutique hotel, âexplains Fil Rocca, president of BIA rue Erie.
Boutique hotel planned at 781 Erie Street in Windsor, Ontario. (Courtesy of Randy Saccucci)
He says this is another reason for visitors to come to the area.
âI have met people from out of town who are booking weddings for 2022 and they are already asking me to book rooms across the street. It will be a good thing for Erie Street and Windsor, âsays Rocca.
âWe offer everything from five star to lower economy and now, if that comes through a nice boutique hotel, it’s a very welcoming addition to the offer we have for accommodation in the area,â said said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.
Hotels, an industry hard hit by the pandemic, envision a slow recovery according to Orr.
âThey are predicting 2024 before we start seeing pre-COVID numbers. That being said, there is a demand for accommodation in different market segments. So there will be demand hopefully by the time this is built and we’re starting to see our accommodation levels increase again, âOrr said.
Saccucci says each suite will have a full kitchen and its own balcony when they open. Completion is scheduled for January 2022.
âAlthough the apartments have been rented and we have had a lot of inquiries about the apartments. I think a hotel will suit the street and this corner much better, âsays Saccucci.