Demolition work has begun at Norman’s Anchor Inn on Lakeview Drive, which has been sitting vacant and boarded up for a number of years now.
In 2019, owners of the Grace Anne Cottage Club presented the city with plans to develop a 35-unit resort for families, a two storey clubhouse and office building, a swimming pool and private beach, as well as 35 new docks on the property. They also included a public dock for the Grace Anne II Yacht.
Work on the project was initially set to begin in 2019, but was delayed due to a provincial appeal against the proposal. Contractors began working with the city on the project in 2018, which was described by the city planner at the time as a ‘phenomenal’ development for the community.
Manager of Development Services with the City of Kenora, Adam Smith, explains the city has issued a permit for the demolition work, but the development proposal is still under consideration by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
Staff with the Grace Anne Cottage Club or the Grace Anne Residence Club could not be reached for further information on the work by the time of publishing.
The former owner of the Anchor Inn, Doug Quirk, passed away within the hotel in 2016. His wife, Emily, passed away in 2019. The two had operated the Anchor Inn since 1986.