The original beauty of the building is back. False ceilings have been removed. Thick coats of paint have been stripped and behind it all they've found original, deep and dark wood and workmanship you don't find in new construction. Moose Jaw's old Grant Hall Inn will soon be ready for business after years of clean up and restoration.
Owner Verna Alford along with family, friends and construction crews have been working for years to restore the old hotel and they're very excited to be nearing completion. In fact, Ms. Alford recently hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for family, making use of what will be a public dining room on the main floor and brand new kitchen facilities.
Project Manager Liam Bailie tells us there is no date set for opening but, it will be soon. "We've got one chance to get this done and get it done right...we want to make sure we have a local, executive chef and the correct staff and I want to make sure that everything is in place so we're set up for success."
"Lots of people don't understand...there is a strong Moose Jaw connection here", said Bailie. "I have about 20 people working for me now and sub-contractors, like Arrow Electric, have been working here for four or five years. We've been providing jobs in the local economy for 15 to 25 people at any given time", Bailie said.
The construction includes 68 separate suites on the upper floors with 8 suites in the area where dance clubs and pubs were housed on the east side of the building. Each floor will have common dining and kitchen areas in a facility the owner says will offer "alternative living". It's not just for senior citizens but for anyone who would like to rent a suite and take advantage of what will be numerous ammenities like meals prepared in a state-of-the-art kitchen, 3 outdoor courtyards, a small movie theatre, underground parking for a number of tenants, a billiards room and much, much more.
"We saw the potential, we saw the architecture...architecture that doesn't exist in today's society. This 1927 stuff...it's built to last", Bailie said. "We've taken every effort to restore this building to its original 1927 splendour", Bailie added.
The main floor of the old Grant Hall will eventually be open to the public with a restaurant and lounge and at least a couple of businesses with space soon to be offered for lease.
Mr. Bailie talked with 800 CHAB's Rob Carnie on The Heartland at Noon on Tuesday.
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