Developer wants 129-suite luxury hotel to replace former school in Niagara-on-the-Lake


Published February 17, 2023 at 2:48 pm

A rendering of what the four-storey Parliament Oak Hotel would look like on the former school lot. (Drawing: Peter J. Lesdow architect)

A proposed development is likely to ignite the local community, as it’s a plan to put a four-storey luxury hotel on a former public school site on King St. in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The site of the former Parliament Oak School at 325 King St. has already gained some controversy, as the town’s repeated efforts to buy the land from the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) fell through, seeing its eventual purchase by developer Liberty Sites Ltd.

The developer’s proposal would see 129 suites planned for the luxury hotel, along with a restaurant, bar and event spaces. The plan also features underground parking, as well as eight parking spaces on ground level.

Initially, the developer wanted to put three apartment buildings and a dozen semi-detached homes on the 1.6-hectare site, but that was struck down as it conflicted with the low-density neighbourhood around it.

Of course, nothing has been carved in stone yet, as the town still has to decide if the proposal is acceptable to the building department before it can even be presented to the public.

In 2018, the District School Board of Niagara sold the 325 King Street property to developer Liberty Sites Ltd. after failed negotiations with the town.

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