By Jeffery Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
CORNING - After a 21-month delay work on the long-delayed Hilton Garden Inn is finally underway.
The $20 million project was delayed in April 2015 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation after manufacturing waste was found in the soil underneath the former Days Inn, off Riverside Drive.
“I’m very happy. It’s a great way to start the new year,” said Corning Enterprises President G. Thomas Tranter Jr. “Better late than never.”
Mayor Rich Negri agreed.
“It’s great to see the work underway,” Negri said. “We’ve been waiting for a long time to see this happen.”
Councilman Frank Coccho, R-6, said when completed it will be another place for Northside employees to get together for their dinners or lunches.
“I’m glad the crews are up and around,” Coccho said.
Tranter said the project will have a positive effect on the entire city when completed but it will have a huge impact on the Northside.
The project received $1 million in state funds in early August, which officials thought would get the project back on track.
Officials said the project is expected to take 12-15 months to complete once work begins.
Property owner Kerry Fitzpatrick could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
The Hilton Garden Inn hotel will replace the former Days Inn Hotel, which sat at the same location for about 25 years before being demolished in 2014.