New hotel planned for Hammondsport

Derrick Ek

A new 64-room hotel is expected to be built this summer just outside the Village of Hammondsport.

The hotel would be located at 8440 State Route 54 in the Town of Urbana, roughly across from the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, said Jamie Johnson, executive director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency. It will be a national brand name, he said, but he wasn't yet sure which brand.

It would be built on the site of the Clark Specialty Co. facility, a machine shop. Clark Specialty Co. is consolidating operations into its other facility in Bath.

The building will be demolished, and some environmental mitigation will be needed before construction can begin.

The hotel developer, East Lake Investments, is in the process of finalizing its purchase of the land and arranging the financing for the $6 million project, Johnson said.

The project got a $725,000 state grant through the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.

Hammondsport-area developer Cameron Dunlap, who runs East Lake Investments, was unavailable to discuss the project this week.

However, Johnson said Dunlap hopes to capitalize on the need for a hotel to serve tourists who visit Keuka Lake and Hammondsport.

"One of the biggest complaints of visitors coming into the Hammondsport market is, while there are some smaller, locally-owned places to stay, there's not a large, year-round, branded hotel," Johnson said.

Johnson said it wouldn't quite be on the scale of the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen. He said it would be more comparable to a new Best Western recently built in Penn Yan, at the north end of Keuka.

The planned Hammondsport hotel is expected to create the equivalent of 15 full-time jobs, Johnson said, although the number of workers could fluctuate, with up to 30 employees in the summer tourist season.