Work to turn the former Enbridge Tower into the new Hyatt hotel will have to wait a few more weeks as the developer behind the project finishes getting building permits.
Paul Aulakh, the owner of Lighthouse Hospitality Management, said on Tuesday he will be applying for building permits this week. Once those permits are approved, the developer can go in and start working on the space.
Aulakh said he expects the approval process to take two or three weeks.
“Basically, (the work) will be interior finishes, there will be some exterior (work as well) opening up the podium and dressing it up and adding some gloss,” he said. “There will be part both inside and outside but until the permits, there will be nothing. There are lots to work with. This is a unique building so it won’t look like a traditional Hyatt House/Place. The building is what it is and it will stay with that look.”
In 2018, the Hyatt Place branding was pulled from a hotel at 9576 Jasper Ave. in the Quarters district after it was discovered nine rooftop HVAC units were drawing fresh air from an area that was heavily contaminated by pigeons and their feces.
Lighthouse Hospitality then purchased the former Enbridge Tower building in January with the goal of transforming the 23-storey building at the corner of Jasper Avenue and 102 Street.
The Hyatt will run two separate hotel branches under its brand: a continental short-term stay through Hyatt Place and long-term stays through Hyatt House.
The hotel is expected to have about 316 rooms and amenities such as a health and wellness spa, fitness facility, business centre, conference and banquet facilities, secured underground parking and eateries.
“It’s a nice building in a nice location and there’s a bit of work,” he added. “It is one of the biggest projects that I’m doing.”
He mentioned there were some issues with the architectural engineers but that has since been resolved.
The hotel is slated to open in 2021.