New downtown Fredericton hotel won't open until 2018

A new eight-storey hotel in downtown Fredericton won't open by the end of 2017 as originally planned, according to the city's mayor.

Council passed a motion Monday night to extend the completion date of the Hilton Garden Inn until May 1, 2018.

After the meeting, Mayor Mike O'Brien told reporters that council was not surprised by the delay.

"There was a couple of unfortunate industrial accidents there that delayed and held things up, those put them behind schedule," said O'Brien. "Then probably just a few other normal schedule delays."

City council formally approved an agreement with Vancouver-based Aquilini Properties in 2015 to build the new hotel.

O'Brien said there's no fear that the $20-million project, located on Queen Street next to the Fredericton Convention Centre, is not going ahead as planned.

"There's a big investment," he said. "They're proceeding full speed ahead."

Plans to make Queen Street two-way between Regent and St. John streets will also be pushed back to coincide with the opening of the hotel.