Demolition on Elm Street starts Monday

Gwen Chamberlain
The cluster of buildings that were formerly a car dealership will disappear next week when work begins on the site where a Microtel will be built.

Demolition of the former Jolley Chevrolet buildings on Elm Street will begin next week to make way for construction of the much-anticipated Microtel, a four-story motel.

And by Christmas, the Taco Bell restaurant planned for Lake Street will be open, says Kip Finley, development manager for Indus Companies, the Pittsford development firm behind both projects.

At Monday night’s Penn Yan Planning Board meeting, Finley reviewed some of the architectural changes that have been made since the board approved the project in December.

Some of the architectural changes were based on comments or recommendations from Roger Brown of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, the organization working with the 2020 Vision Group locally.

The plans that have been approved by Wyndam Hotels include brick exterior with hard planked siding rather than stucco on the fourth floor exterior.

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.

Original plans call for the hotel to have 64 to 78 rooms.

Finley said workers will begin site preparation work later this week, with demolition to begin next Monday. All the contracts have been awarded for the demolition, he said.

“In a bout a week and a half, you won’t see any of the buildings that are there now,” he said.

After hearing details about drainage plans for the Taco Bell site on Lake Street, the board approved that project, pending state Department of Transportation approval of a driveway.

Other business at the Planning Board meeting:

Comprehensive Plan: committee members discussed the next steps in the process to develop the village’s new comprehensive plan. A steering committee has begun meeting with a consultant. A community meeting will be planned, and has tentatively been set for early to mid-September, but board members talked about that meeting’s impact on community member’s perception of the comprehensive plan process and the similar 2020 Vision process. That group is planning a late September meeting to share progress on its plan for the community.

East Elm Street: Board member Brent Bodine showed the board plans for a retaining wall and sidewalk that will replace the section of sidewalk between Main and Basin Street that was damaged by the May 14 flooding. He said the plan calls for the retaining wall to be constructed of landscape block with a railing or fencing of some sort on the top. The plan must be approved by the village board.

Next meeting: The Planning Board’s September meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 because of the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 1.