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Wave Hotel being rebuilt in Clarenville, NL

Alex Balsom in front of the in progress build of the new Wave Hotel.
Alex Balsom in front of the in progress build of the new Wave Hotel. - Barbara Dean-Simmons
CLARENVILLE, N.L. —

A new Wave Hotel is rising from the ashes of the old one in Clarenville, NL.
Walls are up, roof trusses are in place and owner Alex Balsom is hoping to have his hotel business up and running again early in 2020.
While the new building is going up on the footprint of the old one, there will be some changes to the inside, Balsom told The Packet, during an an afternoon interview Sept. 20 at the construction site.
For one, this new building will have a boardroom to provide space for business conferences and meetings.
The lobby will also be a little more spacious than in the old building.
The new hotel will also have 48 rooms, to complement the 15 motel units still in place at the back of the building.
Balsom said although those 15 units were damaged in the February fire, he has decided not to open them until the entire hotel is ready for business.
"We just have a lot going on here right now and this is a construction site," he said, "so we felt it would have been too much to try to keep those open while we're in the middle of this."
Balsom confirmed the gym will also be reopened in the new hotel, and will be available for use by the public.
The swimming pool, the only part of the hotel relatively intact after the fire, will also be part of the new hotel.
However, Balsom confirmed for The Packet the pool will only be available for use by hotel guests.

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