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Developer Hummel plans hotel for Old Town property
A photo illustration depicts downtown hotel. (Supplied)

Developer Rainer Hummel wants to build a three-storey hotel, restaurant and spa at the corner of Queen and MIssissauga streets.

The plan was presented to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s urban design committee for feedback on its schematic design. The committee members, whose role is strictly advisory, expressed concerns about the size, design and character of the proposal.

The property Hummel wants to build on already has a large house on it, along with a coach house and accessory building, a town planning report noted. 

That piece of land has been in a state of perpetual construction for several years.

The plan Hummel’s company presented to the committee called for all three existing buildings to be incorporated into the new development. A new three-level hotel building, with 74 guest suites, would be added to the property.

The site is actually comprised of three properties, 228 Queen St., 209 Simcoe St. and 217 Simcoe St. The development would merge all three into one property, according to the staff report by planner Raymond Tung.

While the property is not the official entrance to Old Town, “it should be treated as an important node that leads into the ‘heart’ of Old Town,” the report said. 

In reviewing the plan, the urban design committee, chaired by architect David Parker, said the proposal is “detrimental” to the existing buildings and landscaping in the area. The committee advised Hummel to “develop alternatives that sensitively relate” to the area.

The committee also suggested major changes to the location of the hotel on the site, the parking lot and the loading facility.

The proposal would require official plan and zoning bylaw amendments. The committee said the proposed hospitality facilities are “considerably larger than what zoning currently allows” and recommended that Hummel stick to “what is allowed by current zoning.”