ELLICOTT- Plans for a new Holiday Inn Express are underway as the Ellicott Zoning Board met Monday night to discuss an area variance for height limitations and the request for additional signage at the hotel.
Boxwood Hotel LLC plans to build a Holiday Inn Express at the intersection of Route 60 and Interstate 86. The access road will be shared with the existing Hampton Inn and Suites next to the Mobil gas station and McDonald’s. It would have 71 rooms and employ about 24 people. The company also owns the Hampton Inn as well as the Best Western on West Third Street in Jamestown.
In September, a meeting about proposed tax breaks for the hotel from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency led to controversy with Jamestown city officials advocating strongly against the 15-year property tax abatement plan for the hotel development.
The property does not have a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes, but it does have a tax abatement on construction materials and the mortgage recording tax. Bill Daly, administration director and CEO of the IDA, said while the IDA does not know when construction will begin, he assumes it will be in the spring.
The board approved the request to go over the two-story height limit by two stories, contingent on an environmental review.
Holiday Inn Express also asked for four additional signs: a 98-square-foot wall sign facing Route 60; a 32-square-foot wall sign facing Interstate 86; a wall sign facing West Oak Hill Road and a 11-foot tall monument sign at the entrance road off Route 60.
There was some discussion over the exact placement of the sign at the entranceway. It was eventually approved contingent on an environmental review.
The two wall signs – one facing Route 60 and the other facing I-86 – were both approved contingent on an environmental review. The wall sign facing West Oak Hill Road was not approved – board members Steven Hoglin, Angelo Cimo and Jean Holton all said no, saying they saw no value in it.
The next planning board for the hotel will be on March 12 at 7 p.m. The hotel needs a referral from Chautauqua County before the town can give its final approval. If everything goes smoothly, final approval can be given in the March meeting. If not, the meeting on April 9 will be possible.
The zoning board also approved a motion consenting to the planning board to act as the lead agent for state environmental review purposes.