Cambridge Mill owners offer 28-story hotel and 37-story condominium in downtown
CAMBRIDGE – The owners of Cambridge Mill want to build two tall towers along the Grand River, one of which would be Galt’s tallest building.
Pearle Hospitality, owner of Cambridge Mill, hopes to build the towers next to the restaurant along the waterfront.
“We have 120 to 150 hotel rooms and 250 condominiums, and there would be retail space,” said Aaron Ciancone, president of Pearle Hospitality. “We are offering two smaller, thinner buildings rather than one larger mass building.”
The proposed 28-story hotel and 37-story condominium would be the tallest in historic Cambridge city center.
In 2015, Pearle Hospitality received Cambridge Council approval for a 12-story building, but was asked to change the structure.
“To review how the proposed architecture could change to something more modern and not competing with the Cambridge Mill, but which had its own style,” Ciancone said.
Now the developers are asking the council for a zoning amendment.
Deputy Mayor Mike Mann said it was “to ensure that any development that occurs in this location is properly zoned”.
But the proposal has met with mixed reactions from local residents.
Some say the development would improve the city and add much-needed hotel spaces. Others believe the buildings would be too tall or take away from the picturesque image of Cambridge.
Pearle Hospitality said she hopes people focus on quality, not height.
“It will be a quality project that will not only be representative of what we are doing in other communities, but I think Cambridge is ready for it,” Ciancone said.
“What we want to see is a build-up in the core, because that’s what’s important for the growth of our community,” Mann said. “(It’s) important to hear the comments to see if these towers are too high.”
A public meeting will be held on June 29 and a recommendation based on community feedback will be presented to Council in the fall.