Penn Yan contracts firm to review hotel plans

Gwen Chamberlain

The village board has agreed to consult with an outside firm to review plans for two hotel projects to ensure compliance with state building codes. Village Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Lyon says the firm, T.Y. Lin International, will move the projects along more quickly than he would be able to.

At a special village board meeting Monday afternoon, the board authorized Lyon to send plans for the Hampton Inn planned for the Keuka Lakefront near Top of the Lake restaurant.

Lyon says the cost for T.Y. Lin’s services will be paid by the developers for the two hotel projects. The cost will depend on T.Y. Lin’s review of the plans.

The firm’s review of the plans, which Lyon says should take about a month, will be separate from the site plan review process, which Lyon expects to continue soon. The footprint for the hotel itself has been approved by the planning board. Other segments of the site plan need planning board approval.

The Hampton Inn Hotel will have 72 rooms or suites on four stories facing Keuka Lake and three facing Mace Street. The lowest floor on the lake side will be a walkout and include an indoor pool.

Other business on Monday’s agenda included:

• Budget: The board adopted the 2014-15 village budget and adopted new water and sewer rates.

• Surplus: The board declared a 2013 Caterpillar 930K wheel loader as surplus.