Hotel, restaurant proposed in Waverly
The Waverly Village planning board Tuesday reviewed preliminary plans for a proposed hotel and restaurant to be built on a 2.09-acre area in the village.
The Holiday Inn Express hotel and a national franchise restaurant yet to be determined will be located on eight parcels bordered by Broad, Chemung and Pine streets, said Amy Franco, an engineer at Syracuse-based firm Clough Harbour and Associates.
The properties' owners each accepted six-month option agreements for the value of their properties, said broker Tom Mullen of United Country Tom Mullen and Associates. The affected properties include several residential properties, the building currently housing Big Foote's Sporting Goods and the Waverly office of Oral and Implant Surgery of the Southern Tier. All parcels except one are currently zoned commercial, Franco said.
The conceptual site plan calls for a four-story, 15,000-square-foot, 85-room hotel and a restaurant building of up to 5,000 square feet. Developer Curtis Patel said he hopes to secure a restaurant franchise for the location soon.
The restaurant will be located on the west side of the property, toward Route 220, in an effort to keep nighttime noise and traffic away from neighboring residences, Franco said. In addition, either a fence or landscaping would be installed to block activity from neighboring residences.
Village attorney Betty Keene said developers would need to apply for a variance for the height, since village code limits commercial buildings to 35 feet or three stories.
Board members also expressed concerns that drainage would be an issue at the naturally low-lying site, especially since the parcel will be largely covered by a proposed 158-space parking lot. A drainage plan will be completed following a survey of the property and submitted as part of the developer's application, Franco said.
When asked whether another hotel in the area was feasible - with many pointing out that several are currently either being built or proposed elsewhere in the Valley - Franco said the group justified a need for the project through market research.
The site is also in close proximity to both Route 220 and Route 17, increasing the proposed hotel's appeal to travelers, Patel said.
The project has received the support of many in the village, including the Clark family, which owns a significant chunk of the property to be optioned to Patel as well as Ted Clark's Busy Market, directly across the street from the proposed site.
Property owner Timothy Clark and Mullen "did a great deal of thinking and talking about this," Mullen said. The family "did not want to bring a project that would have a negative impact on Waverly or would have a negative impact on Ted Clark's Busy Market," he said. "Most everyone we talked to seems to be in favor of it."
Franco said the next step is to take the preliminary input received Tuesday into account and file an application for the site plan. Tioga County and village planning boards must then review the site plan, and a public hearing must be held prior to approval, Keene said.
Patel said he was interested in beginning construction on the proposed project before the end of the year.
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