Hotel Parking Questioned In Ellicott

ELLICOTT – On Wednesday, the Ellicott Planning Board reviewed Boxwood Hotel LLC site plans for the Holiday Inn Express at the intersection of Route 60 and Interstate 86.

Jeff Hazel, architect for Silversti Architects, and Andrew Terragnoli, design engineer for Optimal Design, presented the site plans. The hotel, which will be 51 feet tall at its highest point and 46 feet tall at its main height, will have an outside made mostly of exterior insulation finishing system with some stone accents.

“We are breaking up this facade using colors that are the new Holiday Inn Express prototype submitted to us,” said Hazel.

Terragnoli went over the site plan with the Ellicott Planning Board, and afterward the planning board reviewed a checklist for things Boxwood Hotel LLC still needed to address. The main two – which were also brought up in the Chautauqua County referral as possible concerns for the town to consider – were the lack of stormwater management and landscaping.

There were also some concerns that there were only 65 parking spaces planned – three of which were handicapped. The thought process was roughly one parking space for each room, but the board asked about employees and where would they park. The hotel said based on past studies, many people come in large groups taking a few rooms, but driving only one car. The existing adjacent Hampton Inn and Suites also has one parking spot for each room. The Holiday Inn Express will be a four-story hotel, which will have 71 rooms and employ about 24 people.

The board also suggested that the hotel do five easements on the grounds’ signs and the utility lines. This is because even though currently the property is under common ownership for the two hotels, it may not be that way in the future.

Vince DeJoy, director of development in Jamestown, requested Jamestown see the site plans as well, as the city line is within 500 feet of the project.

“We don’t expect to find anything, but want the opportunity to see if there is anything there that could potentially adversely affect the city of Jamestown,” DeJoy said. “We are not here to be obstructionists or opponents. We just want the opportunity to review it.”

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.