Ellicott Hotel Hearing Set For Wednesday

ELLICOTT- On Wednesday there will be a public hearing for an incoming Ellicott hotel at 7 p.m.

Boxwood Hotel LLC will be showing a site plan review for the Holiday Inn Express at the intersection of Route 60 and Interstate 86. The application is open to inspection at the town clerk’s office at 215 S. Work St. in Falconer. Persons wishing to appear at the hearing may do so in person or by attorney or other representative.

The Holiday Inn Express will be a four-story hotel, which will have 71 rooms and employ about 24 people. The access road will be shared with the existing Hampton Inn and Suites next to the Mobil gas station and McDonald’s. The company also owns the Hampton Inn as well as the Best Western on West Third Street in Jamestown.

In a February zoning board meeting, the board approved the request to go over the two-story height limit for buildings 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 an 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.

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. Ellicott, on the other hand, was in favor of the tax break. Cecil Miller III, Ellicott town supervisor, said the hotel could lead to more development for the area. 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.