The Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre (1808 Wellington Ave.) is in the early stages of a 22,000 square-foot expansion.
The makeover includes increasing the centennial ballroom space, foyer space, and parking space.
In order to accommodate for the extra space, two adjacent empty buildings — the former locations of businesses Flint Ink, Canpar, and Amre Supply — have been purchased and knocked down.
Flint Ink was bought out in December of 2012 and the building was demolished early this spring. Canpar and Amre Supply were located in the same building, and that building was bought out years ago. It was knocked down this September.
Other than the demolition of those buildings, construction has only barely begun. Workers have levelled and paved most of the land Flint Ink used sit on. They are still working on removing the remnants of the foundation of where Canpar and Amre Supply once stood. This week, they are erecting a fence around the construction area.
Hotel general manager Michael Roziere said this expansion project has been in the works for the last three years. The Victoria Inn had a very successful expansion back in 2007, so another expansion seemed to make sense.
"We’re doubling the square footage of our centennial ballroom, and as a result, we’re also adding fairly large foyer space," Roziere said.
Roziere said the main focus of the expansion is enlarging the ballroom, because the Victoria Inn hosts a lot of conferences, so that’s where many of the renovations are taking place.
"We’ve been able to build our business on conferences," Roziere said.
This expansion will allow the hotel to house the single biggest ballroom in the province. Roziere said it was important to improve and increase the space of the ballroom because many of their clients have outgrown the space.
"We can put more events in the hotel," Roziere said.
Right now, Roziere cannot disclose how much the expansion costs.
For more information about the Victoria Inn, visit vicinn.com or call the hotel at 204-786-4801.