Hotel is being built in Dushore
DUSHORE - Dushore will soon have a 16-room, state-of-the-art hotel.
A 10-room addition is being added onto the six-room Harrington House Bed & Breakfast, which is located at 232 S. German St. (Route 220) in Dushore, said co-owner Aimee Plastow of Dushore.
The expansion will result in a 16-room hotel that will be renamed Hotel Harrington, she said.
Plastow and her husband, Jerry, opened the bed-and-breakfast in 2009, in the home they had occupied since 1983.
"It just took off," Plastow said of the demand for rooms, when the bed-and-breakfast opened. Initially, there was a lot of demand for the rooms from tourists, people coming to the county for family reunions and weddings, and other casual travelers to the county, Jerry and Aimee Plastow said. Now, the rooms are rented mainly by people working in the Marcellus Shale gas industry and for other businesses, they said.
The Marcellus Shale industry has ramped up demand for rooms at Harrington House "tremendously," Aimee Plastow said.
"We like people," Aimee Plastow said, explaining why she and her husband, a dentist, decided to get into the hospitality business. Opening the business also made sense because they were now empty-nesters, she said.
The addition, which is three stories tall, will also include an exercise room, a guest laundry room, and a breakfast room that will seat 20, she said.
The bottom floor of the addition includes insulated concrete foundation walls and wood-frame interior walls.
But the top two floors of the addition will consist of four prefabricated modular units, Plastow said. The modular units were fabricated at Simplex Homes in Scranton and trucked to the site on flat-bed tractor-trailers. A crane was used to lift the modular units into place Tuesday morning, Aimee Plastow said.
The addition is expected to be complete by Sept. 1, she said.
The facility's existing reception area and front entrances are undergoing some renovation, and an on-site parking lot is being added to the facility.
When the parking lot is complete, there will be a total of 40 parking spaces for Hotel Harrington, which is a "huge" number of spaces, Aimee Plastow said.
The addition will have a brick exterior, which will match the color of the brick exterior of the bed-and-breakfast.
The rooms in the addition are large, said Jerry Frank, owner of Frank Construction Co., the general contractor for the addition.
Frank said the addition will not appear different from a conventionally constructed building.
"You wouldn't know the difference," he said.
Like the rooms in the bed-and-breakfast, the rooms in the addition will all have in-room desks, a mini-fridge, microwave, and wireless internet, Jerry Plastow said. In addition, the rooms in the addition will also have wired internet service, he said.
Jerry Plastow's dentist office is located on the property, and the dental office will not be affected by the addition, Aimee Plastow said.
Jerry Plastow's dental practice will continue to be his main job, Aimee Plastow said. Aimee Plastow said her main job will be to manage the hotel.
The bed-and-breakfast section of the hotel building also includes a conference room.
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