Cobblestone Hotel Group Exploring Westfield Sites

WESTFIELD – The Cobblestone Hotel group, which opened its first hotel in 2008, is exploring potential sites for a hotel in Westfield.

Cobblestone works in conjunction with local franchisees to create mid-size hotels, most often in communities having 2,000 to 11,000 residents. The hotel would require 40 percent investment by local investors. The group currently has 34 operating hotels in 13 states, 10 properties under construction and 45 in development stages, including locations in Corry, Pa. and Erie, Pa. The board approved a resolution to pay for a portion of the required feasibility study. The study will cost $7,500, half of which will be paid by Cobblestone. The town and village will each contribute 25 percent, or $1,875 to the feasibility study.

Among the locations being considered for the hotel is the site of the old Portage Inn, but substantial demolition costs for that location would need to be addressed.

In other business the board passed a bond resolution for water treatment plant improvements. The resolution is a preliminary step, necessary to apply for grant money. The village is not bound to go forward with the improvements at this point.

The Westfield historian position needs to be filled as Mary Belle Beigh resigned when she moved from the community last month. To date the village has been working with one applicant, but the historian is hired by both the village and town, so no action has yet been taken.

In the public comment period, the issue of scaffolding in front of a Main Street building was discussed. The scaffolding has been left in place for many months and must be removed. Mayor Van deVelde stated that the code enforcement officer will look into this situation.