County planners approve 58-room hotel for Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 September 2017 at 7:30 am

Courtesy of Cobblestone Suites: The proposed 58-room hotel in Medina will look similar to this Cobblestone Suites hotel in Pennsylvania.

MEDINA – The Orleans County Planning Board on Thursday approved the site plan for a new 58-room hotel at 11591 Maple Ridge Rd., in the Medina Business Park.

BriMark Builders is the applicant for the new Cobblestone Inn and Suites hotel on Maple Ridge Road, next to Pride Pak and almost across the street from Genesee Community College. BriMark is based in Neenah, Wisc.

The 3-story hotel would be 10,557 square feet. This is Cobblestone’s first project in New York.

Cobblestone Inn and Suites has built about 80 hotels with most of them in small towns, typically working with investors in the host community. An investor from Pennsylvania is leading the effort to build the project in Medina.

The Orleans Economic Development Agency has been trying for years to recruit a national chain hotel to the county. Cobblestone Suites fulfills that goal for the EDA. The new hotel will encourage more overnight stays for visitors in the county.

BriMark needs a height variance for the hotel. The Medina code limits building height in the Light Industrial District to 35 feet. The hotel peaks at 55 feet to the top of the cupola and the roof peaks at 44 feet.

The County Planning Board recommended Medina approve a height variance for the project.

The project includes 65 parking spots, an access drive, outdoor patio, sidewalks, dumpster enclosure, and an optional future gravel truck parking area. Stormwater will be collected and diverted through a dry swale network to a proposed wet pond at the northeast of the site.

The Medina Planning Board will have a public hearing for the site plan at 7:10 p.m. on Oct. 3 at City Hall on Main Street.

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