State hails groundbreaking of Celoron hotel

CELORON — State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the groundbreaking of a $33 million deluxe hotel on the shores of Chautauqua Lake. Hart Hotels Inc. and Krog Group will work in tandem to build the $33 million upscale hotel in the lake front community of Celoron. The project is one of the largest private-sector-fueled, tourism-based developments to take place in Chautauqua County.

“Chautauqua Lake is one of Western New York State’s greatest tourism assets and by building these high-quality accommodations, we are showcasing the region’s unique waterfront areas to attract even more visitors and revenue,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our investments to enhance Western New York’s tourism assets, including the national Comedy Center opening next year in Jamestown, help drive economic growth throughout the region.”

David Hart, President and CEO of Hart Hotels, Inc., said, “We are thrilled to have our third Harbor Hotel in New York State under construction. This hotel will accommodate the demand for upscale hotel rooms, meetings, and social functions in New York’s southern tier. It will also be a catalyst for more growth and investment in the Chautauqua County tourism industry. We expect to create about one hundred full time jobs and grow the tax base. Additional spending from hotel guests will also benefit local shops, stores, and attractions. Without New York State’s support this project would not be a reality.”

Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-chair and President of State University of New York at Fredonia, Dr. Virginia Horvath said, “The construction of the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel is a great step forward for the tourism industry in the Chautauqua Region. With this upscale resort comes new jobs and new revenue for the area. We look forward to seeing the hotel attract additional tourists to the region, furthering our economic recovery.”

The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel will be Krog and Hart’s third and largest in New York State. In 2008, the $14 million Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel opened. The Watkins Glen property was recently voted by USA Today as the best waterfront hotel in the country. In 2014, Krog Group and Hart Hotels opened the Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, New York. along the St. Lawrence River, which features 105 deluxe guest rooms and suites.

The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel will feature 135 deluxe guest rooms, a lake view ballroom and conference center- with 300 person capacity, lake side bar connected to an island gazebo, an indoor and outdoor pool, multiple patios overlooking the lake, and a full-service restaurant, among other amenities.

The hotel’s opening in 2018 will come as the National Comedy Museum, another New York State supported project, makes its debut in downtown Jamestown.

The hotel will be located on a nine-acre parcel just off of Dunham Avenue, property that was once home to the Celoron Amusement Park, which closed in 1962. The design of the hotel will pay homage to Celoron’s history, including the amusement park and Lucille Ball, who was born in the community.

Sen. Catharine Young said, “Chautauqua Lake is the jewel of our county. The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel will take economic development to a new level by bringing both visitors and new jobs to the deserving residents if the region.”

Assemblyman Andy Goodell said, “The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel is ideally located to take advantage of the beautiful lake views. This project will bring thousands of visitors and much needed jobs to the region.”