In recent years the Saint John Motel was best known for outlaw motorcycle gang meetings, health code violations, robberies, and other unlawful acts. However, the property is finally receiving some much-needed renovations.
Devendra Patel, an Ontario-based businessman, purchased the property from Powell Associates Ltd. on September 29th. A separate company related to Patel recently purchased the Canada’s Best Value Inn, which was formerly known as Keddy’s in July. Patel and co-owner, Ankit Amin, plan to invest $2 or $3 million into the Colonial Inn, and about $5 million into the Canada’s Best Value Inn. The pair said they found the area unexpectedly and liked it because the property is cheaper than Ontario.
Nav Singh is foreman of the project, and he was taken aback when he first saw the property. He said he knew of no one who would spend a night in the place in its current state. In fact, he expected to find a ghost!
The property first opened in the early 1970’s with over 80 rooms, a gym, restaurant, pool, and two banquet halls. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, the property was a regular hangout for musicians and other local acts such as Johnny Storm. The late-night crowd from the bar was fond of the 24-hour breakfast well into the 2000’s.
However in recent years, the clientele began to deteriorate, and most guests during this time used online review sites to complain of cigarette burns, horrid smells, and loud parties. Following years of declining profits, the property was permanently closed in August.
The renovations will take about a year to a year-and-a-half to complete. The changes will include new plumbing pipes, bathrooms, floors, and furniture. They will also feature a remodeled pool and lobby. According to Singh, the only thing they’ll be keeping are the walls.