April 12, 2016

Hotel company buys Cortlandville site


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
An excavator from Contento’s removes concrete Monday from the site of a former motel being torn down at the intersection of McLean Road Extension and Route 281 in Cortlandville.

Managing Editor

CORTLANDVILLE — A small motel on the corner of McLean Road Extension and Route 281 was sold last month to a Corning-based hotel company and work has begun in recent days to clear the site.
No plans for developing the site have been submitted to the town, Desiree Campbell, a town code officer, said Monday.
Tammy and Walter Thomas of 4271 Route 281 sold the 2.3-acre site to South Cortland Hotel Group, according to a deed filed April 1 with the Cortland County Clerk’s Office.
The site had contained a barn and a small motel. Tammy Thomas obtained a demolition permit for structures on the site and the barn was torn down last week.
The deed, dated March 9 but filed later, does not reveal a purchase price.
The property is assessed at $427,000, with the land alone accounting for $367,000 of that total, according to Cortland County Real Property Tax Services records.
The tentative 2016 town tax roll will be adopted May 1. The value is based on any structures that remain at that point.
Campbell said a construction project would require approval of the town Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. No applications for local approvals had been filed as of Monday, she said.
The site is zoned Business-3. A hotel is a permitted use in that zone with site plan approval from the town Planning Board.
South Cortland Hotel Group shares an address in Corning with Visions Hotels, which manages nearly 40 hotels scattered across upstate New York under various brands, including Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, and Comfort Inn and Suites.
These include Country Inn and Suites on Route 281 in Cortlandville and Hampton Inn Cortland on River Street in Cortland.
Garry VanGorder, executive director of the Cortland County Business Development Corp. and Industrial Development Agency, said Monday that he has heard rumblings about a potential project on the site at the corner of McLean Road Extension and Route 281.
“My understanding is that there is interest in developing a motel there,” VanGorder said. “There has not been any direct contact with my office and no plans have been submitted to the town.”
Calls Monday and this morning to Visions Hotels seeking comment were not returned.

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