Hotel one of suggestions for reuse of historic site
Don’t expect to be checking into Hotel Auchmar any time soon.
Turning the west Mountain heritage site into an accommodation facility was among the seven suggestions the city received after it put out a call at the end of May for ideas from qualified, able vendors for the reuse, conservation and management of the Auchmar Estate at Fennell and West 5th.
“There were some good ideas,” said Anna Bradford, director of the city’s tourism and culture division. “Anything from a banquet facility, hotel, a meeting place, a conference centre and corporate head office.”
Bradford said it will be up to the city’s general issues committee to determine if the response warrants a formal request for proposals for the reuse of Auchmar or some other course of action.
A report on the matter is slated to go before the GIC on Sept. 5.
Meanwhile, a new roof was installed on the mansion building in the spring and painting around the roof lines wrapped up a few weeks ago.
“We’re still doing work on the windows right now,” said Bradford, who noted the window restoration work will continue next summer.
Also next summer,Bradfordsaid the city will repair the stone walls around the site at a cost of about $800,000.