Several New Hotel Projects Planned Locally

Posted March 16, 2012

Hotel plans get nod from Chemung planners
By G. Jeffrey Aaron, The Star-Gazette

Chemung County planners have given conditional approval to a new twin hotel project proposed for the Town of Big Flats and a rezoning request that would allow another hotel to be built in the Village of Horseheads.

Visions Hotels of Corning intends to build two side-by-side hotels.

One would hold 120 rooms and the second would be an 85-room building. They are planned for a 16-acre parcel near the company's Candlewood Suites property on Colonial Drive.

The project also tentatively includes a 20,000-square-foot banquet hall.

County planners reviewed the latest version of the site plans Thursday, which contained minor changes to the locations of the buildings, a central recreation area and the layout of the interior drives.

Big Flats town planners already have given the project conditional approval but are awaiting additional information on storm water control and traffic.

County planners gave the project their similar approval, with the same conditions.

The cost of the project wasn't immediately available, the nameplates the hotels will carry haven't been identified and the project still needs final approval from the town before building can start.

The Visions Hotels proposal is the second dual hotel project planned for that part of Chemung County, which straddles the Horseheads/Big Flats town line.

In January, the county planning board approved a $10 million project that calls for two hotels with a room configuration similar to the Visions project, to be built by Manir Properties of Philadelphia on the north side of Colonial Drive along Armory Road.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for this spring.

The other new hotel project involves demolishing the Landmark Motel on Watkins Road and replacing it with a four-story building that will hold 100 rooms, an indoor pool, along with meeting and conference rooms.

The developer, Miracle Inn LLC of Horseheads, needs a zoning change -- from manufacturing to highway commercial -- before the plans can move ahead.

The project also requires an area variance because the building designs call for a 65-foot-tall structure, which is 15 feet higher than what is allowed by current regulations.

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