Progress has been slow at the site at 109 Marbledale Road, where developers had been hopeful of erecting a Marriott hotel before pollutants were found in the soil, which needed to be cleaned before ground could be broken.
On Monday, the Tuckahoe Planning Board will revisit the topic, offering an update to the community during a public forum.
Despite the delays, developers and village officials have said that the timeline has remained relatively unchanged and may still be in line to be in the ground in a few months.
At the time the pollutants were found in the soil, Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond noted that “the site looks much better than anyone anticipated, and the developer is right on track. He’s going to hopefully be in the ground later this year, or worst case, early next spring. They still need site plan approval before they can build the hotel, but from a village standpoint, he is ready to go and there will be a Marriott in a couple years on Marbledale Road.”
Despite the contamination, the site can still be a viable location for the hotel. If it is eventually completed, the hotel would feature more than 150 rooms, 200 on-site parking spaces and a restaurant. It will create upwards of 100 permanent jobs in the village, and hundreds of temporary construction jobs.
Outside of the jobs that the project creates, the village also stands to gain financially by levying a 3 percent hotel occupancy tax that would be charged to those staying at the location.
“That 3 percent (tax) is going toward police enforcement, to benefit sanitation workers and the community. When you have a business in your community with 100 or so rooms that will be constantly turned over, you’re going to have issues to deal with and that’s going to fall on our police and DPW,” Ecklond noted. “I feel strongly that that cost should be a burden for the people that are staying at the hotel, not the people who live in the community.”
The Tuckahoe Board of Trustee's next meeting will be held at 8 p.m. on Monday in Village Hall.
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