The 104-room riverside Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel planned for Freemans Bridge Road has just one more hoop to go through before the developer can break ground.
The hotel is being developed by Queensbury-based Oakfield Hospitality on land owned by Pat Popolizio, and is meant to complement Popolizio’s Waters Edge Lighthouse restaurant, banquet hall and boat launch that overlook the Mohawk River.
Construction of the new hotel was expected last fall and even this winter, but a few approvals have held the project up.
In January, the developer was waiting on approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which Popolizio said was necessary because the riverside building is planned in a flood plain.
“If someone wants to build something in a flood plain where it will have an effect on the flood hazard, what we ask communities to do is submit information and we will provide our formal comment on what impact that construction would have on the flood plain,” Andrew Martin, a program specialist with FEMA, explained. “If a property owners wants to develop in a flood way, they can ask for formal comment. In some instances, they are required to get it.”
The project received FEMA’s stamp of approval earlier this month, according to Popolizio, but Martin said he was not able to speak about the comments given about the Glenville project.
“We were notified that everything is fine,” Popolizio said. “We have all our ducks in a row and we’re pretty squared away.”
Glenville town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said since the approval by the federal government agency, the developer has submitted the final building plans to the Town Board, which were signed off on last week.
“The building plans are under review by the town Building Department,” Koetzle said. “Now, they’re just waiting on the building permit.”
Popolizio said there is no set date for the ground breaking as of yet, but he expects an official date to be set within the next few weeks.
“There are so many times we’ve said ‘It’s coming soon,’ and had something hold it up, we don’t want to say it one more time until we’re sure of when,” Popolizio said. “We’re still planning for starting on this construction season, so it should be soon.”
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