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Hold Your Horses: Hotel and 2 New Retail Buildings Coming to Steeles Tech Campus in North York

Hold Your Horses: Hotel and 2 New Retail Buildings Coming to Steeles Tech Campus in North York

The Aurora Ice Hotel in Alaska is made entirely out of ice: the ceiling, the walls, the bar stools, even the beds; all ice. Rules are rules, however, and the hotel still has smoke detectors.

If, for what forever reason, the idea of sleeping face down on a pure block of ice doesn’t excite you, there is also the option of the Palacio de Sal in Bolivia, a hotel made entirely out of salt. There is a firm policy at the Palacio de Sal (in English, literally, ‘Place of Salt’) that wall licking is strictly forbidden. This seems like a solid policy for all hotels, frankly. So, in this way, the Palacio de Sal is leading the charge.

While it won’t be made out of ice or salt, a hotel, along with two new retail buildings, is part of what’s to come at the Steeles Technology Campus along the southeast corner of Highway 404 and Steeles Avenue East in North York. A lot goes into a functioning hotel, and it all starts with construction. Once the hotel is built, managers must understand the regulations: smoke alarms; absolutely no wall licking; and, here in Ontario, the recognition that, under the Innkeeper’s Act, if a guest refuses to pay their hotel bill, the manager has the right to sell that guest’s horse—at least should the horse be waiting in the parking lot, easily retrievable (this is actually a current law).

 

MGI is excited to be working at the Steeles Tech Campus, at a site located within a larger property containing three existing nearby buildings southeast of those currently proposed. The site lies mostly within the vacant and previously filled/graded areas and has ground surface elevations ranging from Elev. 184m on the centrally located fill plateau to Elev. 177m near the northwest corner. Just to be better safe than sorry, during our work on this project we have left our horses at home.

Notes

1. As per the Innkeepers Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter I.7, “An innkeeper, livery-stable keeper or boarding-stable keeper who has a lien upon a horse, other animal or carriage for the value or price of any food or accommodation supplied, or for care or labour bestowed thereon, has, in addition to all other remedies provided by law, the right, in case the same remains unpaid for two weeks, to sell by public auction the horse, animal or carriage on giving two weeks notice of the intended sale.”

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