By DAN HEATH
---- — PLATTSBURGH — A plan for a Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel appears to finally be moving forward.
At the Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board meeting Tuesday night, Holiday Inn Manager Sam Sheni — representing project applicant Route 3 Development LLC — said they are very close to securing financing and anticipate the project will go forward this year.
And so the Planning Board approved a second one-year extension to the plan it initially OK’d in October 2010.
“We are still working with the bank,” Sheni said after he met with the board. “We should know by the end of this month whether we will be able to do it or not.”
The 91-room, four-story hotel would be located on Route 3 across from Hampton Inn and Suites. The site is served by town water and sewer.
Plans call for 104 parking spaces. There would be a swimming pool on the north end of the ground floor.
The project received a height variance from the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals that is set to expire in May.
The main hotel entrance would be located on the east side of the building. There would be driveway entrances on the east and west sides.
The exterior would feature a brick veneer on the lower level and siding above that. The roof would be covered with architectural shingles.
Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said it was exciting to hear the project appears ready to move forward.
“A lot of travelers want to go to a hotel that is part of the Hilton and Marriott chain,and now we’ll have both,” he said, noting Hampton Inn is part of the Hilton chain.
The hotel would add to the Clinton County bed-tax collections used to help market the region. It would also contribute to county sales-tax totals, which helps defray the costs of services provided by the town, Bassett said.
Many guests make reservations based on membership in a particular chain’s rewards program, so it could help attract travelers to the region, he said.
The Fairfield chain has almost 700 locations across North America. It is part of the Marriott family of companies, which has about 3,770 properties in 74 countries and territories.
Fairfield Inn and Suites offers a complimentary hot breakfast. There is free high-speed Internet service in each room and free Wi-Fi in the lobby.
Marriott reported $2.7 billion in revenue during the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
“The town continues to grow,” Bassett said. “It’s all exciting and part of the bigger picture.”
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