A Bathurst hotel that was closed during a 2006 labour dispute will reopen as an upscale seniors apartment building.
The Chateau Bathurst has not seen hotel guests since a labour dispute in 2006, which saw the owner board up the entire hotel.
Bob Anderson, an official with the Downtown Bathurst Revitalization Corporation, said the building will be completely renovated.
"The existing unit will disappear except for the swimming pool, the sauna, the hot tub and the gym. It is a total conversion," he said.
Anderson said the $2.6-million cost of the project will come entirely from private funding. He said renovations could begin as early as next month.
For many people in the northern city, the shuttered hotel had become an eyesore.
In recent days, there had been a steady stream of people heading into Chateau Bathurst, which caused many people to become curious.
And then came an offer that many people in the area couldn’t refuse.
People could pay $150 to take all the furniture out of the hotel’s rooms or $200 for some of the larger rooms.
Wilfred Temple came out with two truckloads of beds and tables.
"They want everything gone, everything off the walls and out of the washrooms. Anything that's movable or that you can unscrew, you can take it away," he said.
The original dispute started over a contract fight with the hotel's workers,.
The hotel's owner shut it down after employees picketed outside it for 27 months, one of the longest labour disputes in the province's history.
The 30 workers were looking for higher wages, but the fight was never resolved.