EDMONTON — Construction is underway in Edmonton on a new upscale hotel in The Quarters Downtown. Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel joined developer Prem Singhmar for the official groundbreaking at the site of what will be a 12-storey property at 96 Street and Jasper Avenue.

“The City of Edmonton is proud to help launch construction on what will be a major catalyst for The Quarters Downtown. Having Mr. Singhmar on board is a coup for our city. His expertise will create an elegant landmark that will attract visitors and be a source of pride for the neighbourhood and for the capital region,” said Mandel.

The 250,000-square-foot, 220-suite hotel will feature a conference centre, commercial space on the main floor, three levels of underground parking as well as corporate space on the top floor.

According to a CBC News story, Singhmar is in negotiations with several hotel chains, and a hotel operator has not yet been chosen.

Development of the property is part of a revitalization project in The Quarters Downtown, the result of a partnership between Singhmar — of Edmonton-based AUM Hotel Group — and the City of Edmonton. The neighbourhood will be transformed into a diverse and inclusive community connected to the central business sector and the river valley over the next 15 to 20 years.

Scheduled for completion in spring of 2014, the hotel is designed by Edmonton-based architect Gene Dub.

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