April 21, 2009


Greek Peak hotel set for October opening

Multiphase expansion project expected to create 250 full-time jobs at Virgil ski resort

Greek PeakBob Ellis/staff photographer
A construction worker screws in metal studs April 14 while framing the roof of the Hope Lake Lodge under construction at Greek Peak in Virgil. The 150-room hotel is expected to open in October, the first phase of a five-year expansion at the ski resort.

Staff Reporter

VIRGIL — The hotel, indoor waterpark, restaurant and spa at Greek Peak Mountain Resort are on schedule to open in October, company President Al Kryger said last week.
These features are part of the company’s current expansion project, which is the first phase of a five-year expansion plan that will include a golf course and new equipment for the ski area, such as ski lifts and improved snowmaking equipment.
On May 1, Greek Peak will begin taking reservations for the Hope Lake Lodge Hotel, which will include 150 hotel rooms when rented and 106 rooms when sold as condominium units.
Construction crews working under Buffalo-based Krog Group, a construction management company, have already put up the steel frame for the hotel and are now erecting the steel frame for the 41,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, Kryger said.
The first floor of the hotel tower will include a 5,500-square-foot health spa and a conference room with space for 200 people, Kryger said.
The hotel lobby and a restaurant that will seat 150 to 200 people are being built in a structure next to the hotel tower, he said.
Kryger said the construction was delayed because of an issue with the delivery of materials for precast concrete, but that construction is only about two weeks behind schedule.
The initial phase is expected to cost $45 million, and the upcoming phases that will include a golf course and ski area equipment will probably cost another $50 million, Kryger has said.
The project is expected to create 270 construction jobs.
Once completed, the new facilities will add about 250 full-time jobs, plus some part-time employees, to the resort.


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