CORNWALL, Ontario - Building permit applications are being submitted Thursday for a downtown development that has been years in the making.
Ron Chenier, owner of the proposed Dominion Place that is scheduled for construction next year at the corner of Pitt and Second streets, confirmed the news in an email.
"With numerous productive pre-permit meetings with the City of Cornwall...we are finally and officially applying for our building permit (Thursday)," Chenier said.
Dominion Place will be a multi-story building that will fill what is now an empty lot at the busy Cornwall intersection. The intersection was once home to the King George Hotel before a fire in 1997 consumed the structure.
"Based on our ongoing pre-sales target of 65 per cent, we are still looking at a spring 2014 start date and an early 2015 occupancy," said Chenier. "With the final tender now out... we expect to have final pricing within the next 30 days."
Dominion Place will feature 15 suites, at 2,379 to 2,551 sq. ft. - twice the size of typical bungalows.
"It’s about maintaining a lifestyle," Chenier said in a statement earlier this year.
Dominion Place is aimed at professional or active retired couples who want a living space bigger than the average suite.
“For people now living in larger homes, moving into a small condo can be a challenge,” said Dick Markell, also a partner in the project, in a press release.
The building is designed in modern style, with a classical touch to coincide with local historical buildings. A stone facade with large bright windows and a curved corner facing the downtown area are other distinguishing characteristics.
It will also offer a roof-top terrace, two meeting rooms, BBQ area with views of the St. Lawrence River, exercise facility and office space on the main floor.
“These suites will provide generous living space as well as exclusive parking, storage and outdoor space – and the ability to simply walk out of the lobby for an evening of fine dining, a bit of shopping, or a walk along the waterfront,” said Markell.