Building that housed Hideaway Bay burns down Saturday morning

Fire destroys former restaurant

Photo courtesy Silver Creek Fire Department A firefighter works as the former Hideaway Bay restaurant burns Saturday morning.

SILVER CREEK — Chautauqua County fire investigators were on the scene around 9:30 Saturday morning to determine what caused a former restaurant to be destroyed in a blaze that began before 7:30.

Fire crews from Silver Creek, Dunkirk, Sunset Bay, Hanover, Evans, the county Emergency Services, Sheridan were on the scene of the structure fire that was fully involved once they arrived at 42 Lake St. in the village. High winds that whipped the region over the weekend were not a factor in the blaze as the railroad track berm served as a shield.

In fact, at the shores of Lake Erie at the end of Lake Street, the waters were calm.

Hideaway Bay has been vacant for years and was purchased in 2016 by the Chautauqua County Land Bank.

Just last week, Gina Paradis, Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. executive director, said a couple of developers have shown interest in the former Hideaway Bay property.

OBSERVER Photo The former Hideaway Bay restaurant lies in ruins Saturday after it was destroyed by fire.

“We’re trying to work through their questions. Trying to get a better feel from the (state Department of Environmental Conservation) in what is feasible there,” she said during the January Land Bank meeting. “We’ve got some issues with erosion and coastal zone sensitivity. We’re trying to work through that and get proposals from developers. There’s nothing definite yet, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

Last year, land bank officials changed course on how it was trying to market the redevelopment of the property. Paradis said instead of sending out request for proposals to potential developers, land bank officials posted the property on commercial real estate web sites.

In 2018, land bank officials had sent out request for proposals to area developers, but Paradis said they didn’t receive any good offers.

In 2017, land bank officials worked with LaBella Associates to create a conceptual site plan for possible redevelopment uses on the property. In 2016, the land bank agreed to acquire the rundown property where Hideaway Bay restaurant used to be located after it was originally set for the county tax foreclosure auction.

Paradis said last week land bank officials were going next decided if they could work with those who have shown interest in the property or if they will have to send out request for proposals again before selecting a developer.

Now those plans are on hold.


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