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2014-03-13 at 3:10PM

Opening of Marriott TownePlace Suites faces another delay

By tbnewswatch.com

The opening of the new Marriott TownePlace Suites in Thunder Bay is facing another dely.

The  hotel chain had previously announced plans to open the Thunder Bay location by this Friday, but now reservations will not be accepted for any dates before May 16.

The five-storey, 148-room hotel is being built along the Harbour Expressway. It was originally supposed to open before Christmas.  The project was put on hold due to problems with the concrete subfloors.

The city's chief building official says the concrete on several floors began to shrink, crack, and even had holes punched through it. The hotel came up with an accepted solution to reinforce the floors on all of the upper levels using steel and plywood. 

Hotel general manager Derek Jones says they're continuing to carry out that work. 

But with more than 100 rooms to repair and refinish, it's taking longer than expected. 

Jones says they hope to have the work complete and their occupancy permit approved by mid-April, and then open their doors soon after that.

(Thunder Bay Television)

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