Thunder Bay

Delta Marriott Thunder Bay hit by over $11M in construction liens

Thunder Bay's Delta Marriott hotel has seven construction liens registered against it, just two months after it officially opened to the public.

Seven liens in total put onto waterfront hotel property

The Delta Marriott Thunder Bay officially opened to the public on Thursday, May 2, 2019, three years after its original opening date. The project currently has seven construction liens registered against it, with the largest coming in at $9.1M. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Thunder Bay's Delta Marriott hotel has seven construction liens registered against it, just two months after it officially opened to the public.

The largest, registered by BNL Marina Developments Inc., the general contractor, is for $9,102,844.  Six other liens are much smaller, and are from subcontractors.

They are:

  • $654,460 to Keating Insulation Inc.
  • $549,981 to North West Electric
  • $446,954 to West Four Group of Companies Inc.
  • $423,210 to M.F. Jones Acoustics
  • $160,680 to Lakehead Ironworks Inc.
  • $160,150 to Northern Sheet Metal and Contracting Inc.

All of the contractors noted in their filings they were hired by BNL Marina Developments Inc. to supply and install different materials.

The total value of the contract with BNL Marina Developments Inc., is $26,064,256.

The hotel was originally slated to open in 2016, but did not officially open until May 2019.

The documents show the owners of the building itself are T.B. Properties L.P. and a numbered company, 1876030 Ontario Inc, which is registered to an address in Winnipeg. It's the same address as the ReSolve Group, the developer of Prince Arthur's Landing.

There is also a Caution - Land registered since May 14, 2019 for $2 to T.B. Properties LP from Hillmount Capital Inc. The latter firm is a Toronto-based lending firm. A caution registered on the property means there is another party, other than the actual property owner, who has an interest in the land. A caution is placed on the land before the property is actually registered. 

This is not the first time the waterfront hotel has run into issues regarding payment. In 2015, the hotel was hit with $1.4M in construction liens from the previous general contractor, ManShield Construction.

Those liens have since been discharged, along with 10 others. Many of those liens are with building supply companies and other smaller general contractors.

The condominium buildings at Prince Arthur's Landing, also built by the ReSolve Group, were also subject to a number of liens, which have since been discharged.

Neither the ReSolve Group, nor its principal Gisele MacDonald, could be reached for comment.



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Jeff Walters


Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Jeff is proud to work in his hometown, as well as throughout northwestern Ontario. Away from work, you can find him skiing (on water or snow), curling, out at the lake or flying.


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