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Main Street Newmarket hotel on track for June opening

'These older buildings always come with some surprises,' says developer of some unanticipated delays in construction underway for boutique Postmark Hotel
Construction on an addition for the Postmark Hotel is ongoing.

CORRECTION, Feb. 3, 2022: An earlier version of this story included incorrect information that the addition to the building would include multiple levels of parking. In fact, parking will only be located at-grade, with the remaining floors dedicated to suites and an event space. The story below has been edited to correct the error.

The construction of the new Postmark Hotel is happening slower than projected, but developers still hope to open it in June.

The parking addition to the structure has become more prominent in recent weeks as construction for the new Main Street boutique hotel continues. The addition will include parking at-grade for guests, as well as more suites on the higher floors. There is also a rooftop addition for a restaurant and event space. 

Streetcar Developments president and CEO Les Mallins said construction experienced some challenges, but the additions to the building have come along well. He said crews should finish the addition to the back of the building within the next three weeks.

“These older buildings always come with some surprises,” he said, adding that the structural drawings they had of the historic building were not fully representative of what was there. “It really comes down to when you discover something you don’t expect, you have to adapt the plans.”

The hotel, first announced Nov. 2021, is set to open to guests this year. Mallins said the opening will happen in phases, with guests first welcomed in June, but some elements like the planned rooftop restaurant will open in July.

Once the exterior additions are complete, Mallins said construction will focus on the interior of the historic former post office. He added that things should go more smoothly at that point.

“We’re not going to experience any lead time issues or supply chain issues. We got everything lined up,” he said. “It’s just getting to the point that we’re at today has been a little more challenging than we thought.”

Business owners described some local buzz around the hotel’s arrival. Wine on Main owner Jordan Mills, located close to the hotel, said many customers have expressed excitement.

“It’s moving along very, very quickly,” he said, adding that he plans to visit the rooftop restaurant frequently. “With the boutique hotel, it really solidifies the fact that Main Street Newmarket is a destination.” 

Still, as the additions have become more prominent, some locals on social media have questioned the project and its merit versus a condo proposed for the site several years ago.

“You didn’t want a condo, but you’re okay with this?” one resident posted on a local Facebook group.

But most of the comments support the hotel and what it could add to the street.

“We’re quite excited,” Mallins said. “We get that feeling when our team is in the area.” 

The company has hired a general manager who will get engaged in the community in the coming weeks, he said. They are also hiring for the hotel and will have job fairs to recruit. 

Cocoa 40 owner Stefania Pede opened her business next door to the future Postmark Hotel. She said they have done a great job with the building so far from what she has seen.

“It will be great for the street. It will draw a lot more people in,” she said. “We’re just hopeful.”