IRVING - The construction of a hotel and water park in Irving may have been delayed, but not for much longer according to businessman Tony Borrello.
In March 2012, Borrello and his daughter Michelle Borrello-Grisante, under the company of MMM Real Estate Development Inc., purchased the 11.6 acres on Beebe Road next to Tim Hortons Cafe and Restaurant with plans to build a $10 million tourism destination.
The project was presented to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency in August 2012 with the plan of building a three-story hotel with 70 to 74 rooms, a banquet hall, meeting room and fitness center as well as an attached water park and two restaurants. The development is estimated to add 70 construction jobs and 150 full- and part-time permanent jobs.
OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox
Pictured is the land slated for a hotel and water park development expected to be completed by Labor Day.
The original plan was to complete construction in summer 2013 and then a second plan had the hotel finished by June 1, 2014, but red tape at the state level has held up the project.
"It has been one thing after another. Every state agency has had a new requirement or a new permit to get. We are finally through that," Borrello said.
He added that architectural drawings have just recently been completed, so he still needs to get a building permit from the town of Hanover.
"It's moving slowly but surely," Borrello said.
He said the new timeline has bids being received near the end of April and breaking ground in June. Borrello said he hopes to have the hotel completed by Labor Day.
"We are in a hurry to get this done. I have waited a year (to start construction)," he said.
Although Borrello acknowledged the construction schedule is ambitious, he said "it is not impossible."
He confirmed they are sticking to the original plan of constructing the hotel and water park at the same time.
The goal of the development was to create a tourist destination that will capitalize on the crowd of visitors coming to Sunset Bay during the summer. The plan is to also cater to wine trail tourists and visiting winter sports enthusiasts in the non-summer months. It is also hoped this destination will draw further development to the area.
The 20,000 square foot hotel would be the only hotel located between Dunkirk and Hamburg.