By Jeffery Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
CORNING - Work on the Hilton Garden Inn is moving along nicely and officials expect it to be open for business in early July.
City Manager Mark Ryckman called the $20 million project a valuable project for the city’s Northside and the city as a whole.
“It’s a major private investment and a redevelopment of the Northside,” said Steve Dennis, city director of planning and economic development. “It’s a very significant project and supports the recent expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass.”
Corning Enterprises President G. Thomas Tranter Jr., co-chair of the state Business Council, said work on the project is “going well.”
“It may be open for the summer season,” Tranter said. “That’s what we want to see.”
The 125 room Hilton Garden Inn hotel will feature a restaurant, a fitness center, an indoor pool and meeting rooms, and is expected to hire 40 to 50 employees. It will replace the former Days Inn Hotel, which sat at the same location for about 25 years before being demolished in 2014.
The hotel project was delayed in late May of 2015 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation after manufacturing waste was found in the soil underneath the former Days Inn.
The waste was removed a site and a management plan was approved by the DEC early this year and work at the site restarted after a 21-month wait.
Property owner Kerry Fitzpatrick could not be reached for comment.