Archive for May 10th, 2012

Chateau Stays Neutral On LRT Station

- May 10th, 2012

If you’re looking for a Switzerland in this whole Elgin St. LRT war, it might be the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

It’s not taking a side on whether or not Elgin St. should have a station.

Deneen Perrin, the Chateau’s public relations director, said the hotel received a call from the National Arts Centre about the change in the city’s station alignment to gather its opinion.

But it turns out the Chateau doesn’t really have one.

“Either/or worked for us,” Perrin said.

Moving the Rideau station east of the canal really didn’t affect the Chateau directly, she said, but the hotel is very much in support of LRT.

While there’s buzz about which businesses have been hammering out deals with the city on station locations, the Chateau apparently hasn’t been involved.

“We have not been in talks with anyone at City Hall,” Perrin said.

The Chateau is letting the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association take the lead on any advocacy.

I checked in with the association’s executive director and he says the matter will be discussed next week at its board of directors meeting.

Before you ask, yes, the GM of the Lord Elgin Hotel is a board member.