When the Elm Street Microtel project was approved by the Penn Yan Planning Board Dec. 2 the audience at the meeting applauded and some even gave a standing ovation.

Kip Finley, development manager for Indus Companies, the Pittsford development firm behind the project, said he’s never had such an enthusiastic response at a presentation before.

Finley says the project will get underway in early 2014 with demolition of the existing buildings and soil clean-up work. The site was previously the home of McCredy Chevrolet, and before that, Jolley Chevrolet.

Construction will begin in early 2015, and the new lodging facility should be checking in guests in late 2015 or early 2016, says Finley.

The design for the four-story hotel calls for the main entrance to be between Elm and Wagner Streets, facing east. Parking will be located on the east side of the hotel and on the west side, between the hotel and the Rite Aid store.

Some design concepts suggested by Rochester Regional Design Center consultants hired to advocate for concepts tohelp the building fit in with the downtown area include trees at the Elm Street curb and a fence similar to the one at Walgreens. However, this brick piers and picket fence will be shorter (4 ft. piers rather than 5 ft. piers) than the one at Walgreens.

The building’s facade will be brick veneer for most of the four stories with some contrasting trim, also in keeping with downtown Penn Yan’s existing presentation.

When the project was presented to the Yates County Planning board in July, Finley said it would have 64 to 78 rooms.

Lighting will mirror the village standard street lights.