Sarnia's Drawbridge Inn will reopen as the Insignia in 2018. BlackburnNews.com file photo.

Delays Continue For Downtown Hotel Reopening

We are in the midst of the prime summer tourist season, and a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the former Drawbridge Inn has yet to be completed.

Developer Gord Lashinger announced in December of 2015 that he had purchased the historic building in downtown Sarnia.

The hotel closed in June 2017 for a renovation project estimated to cost $8-million. At that time, General Manager Kelly Steeves said it would re-open in September as The Insignia, a modern, four-star, European-style, 83-room boutique hotel.

The project was to include a lower-level bar, as well as a restaurant and banquet room.

In February of this year Steeves said she expected to open in June, but now she tells Blackburn News she has no update as to when construction might wrap up, nor would she say what’s caused the delays.

On Edge Fitness remains open.