Regal Constellation Hotel currently under demolition
The Regal Constellation Hotel was a large hotel with focus on trade shows, convention and hospitality training centre near Pearson International Airport near Toronto, Ontario.
Built in 1962, the hotel consisted of two 15 floor towers, 6 storey atrium, a Chinese restaurant and 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) of convention space. Renovations took place in 2001.
Once a popular hotel and convention venue, the hotel is no longer operating due to declining business and other setbacks, culminating with the SARS crisis. It was owned by Hong Kong-based Regal Hotels International.
In 2004, Hospitality Investors Group (HIG) of Scottsdale, Arizona acquired the site and was planning to add a 350 room hotel to the existing 800 room hotel. Construction was planned to begin in 2005. However, since that acquisition, HIG was broken up and one of its chief officers has formed a new organization, Alatau Hospitality, with the principal shareholders of Lancaster Group of Kazakhstan. Alatau Hospitality retained the domain name of HIG (hospitalityinvestors.com) and its web site does not list this hotel as one of its current construction projects. As of November 2007, it is not clear who owns the property.
Plans are to re-brand the hotel under Red Lion and Crowne Plaza names. Other tenants of the new complex include:
- Wolfgang Puck
- Tu Tu Tango
- Gordon Biersch
- Gold's Gym
Construction and demolition company, Terrasan has begun work on the Regal Constellation in September, 2007. The entire hotel property is now surrounded by tall Terrasan fencing, and the company's logos are posted as large signs on the corners of the main hotel building (on its south face).
As of November 16, the rear garage building is being torn down. This will probably be the site of the planned new third tower.
As of October 9, 2008, most of the complex has been torn down, with the exception of the two taller towers fronting on Dixon Rd. and the smaller wing to the east that fronted onto Carlingview.
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