Hotel plan expected next month for Medina
MEDINA – A project that has been a few years in the making could reach the Medina Planning Board next month.
Cobblestone Inn and Suites is expected to present a site plan for a three-story building that would have about 50 hotel rooms, Marty Busch, the village code enforcement officer, told the Village Planning Board on Tuesday.
Busch said he expects the company will submit a site plan in time for the Sept. 5 Planning Board meeting.
Busch said he has had numerous phone calls and emails with the company as it works on a design for the project. (The company has also been seeking bids for contractors on the project.)
The hotel is planned for Maple Ridge Road, next to Pride Pak. It would be on land owned by the Orleans Economic Development Agency.
The EDA has been working to bring a chain hotel to the county.
The Orleans Land Restoration Corporation, one of the EDA’s development arms, bought 5 acres of land on Maple Ridge Road for $50,000 in 2015. That property included an abandoned house and overgrown yard. The house has been razed and the land has been cleaned up.
The EDA hired a consultant in 2014 to study the market for a hotel in Medina. Interim Hospitality Consultants concluded that a small hotel with 41 to 49 rooms would be profitable in the community.
The EDA sees the land on Maple Ridge Road across from GCC as an ideal location because the site already has infrastructure – water, sewer and electricity – within the village.
The chain hotel would be a lift for the area, boosting bed tax for tourism, sales tax for the county and state, and other spending in the community, EDA officials said then.
Cobblestone Inn and Suites has built about 75 hotels with most of them in small towns, typically working with investors in the host community. Medina would be its first in New York.