Waverly hotel plans moving forward
Waverly village and Tioga County, N.Y. officials continue to work toward moving forward on a proposed hotel and restaurant development on Broad Street.
Ray Case, Waverly's representative in the Tioga County Legislature, said he has been in contact with state Sen. Thomas Libous' office in relation to the site, made up of eight parcels bordered by Route 220 and Broad, Chemung and Pine streets. Developers had proposed a four-story, 85-room Holiday Inn Express and chain restaurant at that location.
Village mayor Kyle McDuffee told village trustees last week that he had reached out to Sen. Libous' office for possible assistance in resolving an issue regarding a state-owned strip of land along Route 220 that has impeded the project's development.
Officials from the state Department of Transportation had concerns regarding the initial placement of a restaurant building on the west side of the development, toward Route 220, where utilities run underground, Case said. DOT representatives were also concerned about the right of way in the green zone, he said.
The project's design firm, Clough Harbour and Associates of Syracuse, has since withdrawn the original site plan and submitted a new one addressing the issue, Case said.
Once CHA officials receive comments on the plan, the regional site manager and secretary to the regional director will visit the site with the designer and Tom Mullen of United Country Tom Mullen and Associates, which worked to secure the properties involved in the development, Case said.
The eight parcels involved include several residential properties, the Big Foote's Sporting Goods building and the Waverly office of Oral and Implant Surgery of the Southern Tier. Seven of the properties are zoned commercial, and trustees are scheduled to act on a proposed local law rezoning the eighth parcel - a residential property at 114 Chemung St. - to commercial at their Jan. 22 meeting. A public hearing for the change is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.