Bidding a Jolley farewell...to greet a new venture for Penn Yan's downtown business district

John Christensen
The old Jolley Chevrolet dealership in Penn Yan was razed to make way for a new hotel on Elm Street.

Demolition of the former Jolley Chevrolet buildings on Elm Street was completed Monday to make way for construction of the much-anticipated Microtel, a four-story motel. The former automobile dealership was razed in stages. First, the former paint shop on Wagener Street was taken down last week, the large concrete-block repair shop and showroom soon followed, and Monday, the two-story parts department fell to the excavators’ claws.

Demolition of the last portion was held up by state approval because of asbestos detected in the roofing material. That asbestos was determined to be bound within the tar of the roof and non-friable, posing little to no risk.

With the project approved by the Village of Penn Yan in December of last year, construction will begin in early 2015, and the new lodging facility should be checking in guests in late 2015 or early 2016, says Kip Finley, development manager for Indus Companies, the Pittsford development firm behind the projects. Original plans call for the hotel to have 64 to 78 rooms. Finley recently presented to the Penn Yan Planning Board some of the architectural changes, based on comments or recommendations from Roger Brown of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, the organization working with the 2020 Vision Group.

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

Indus is also developing a lot on Lake Street for a new Taco Bell fast food franchise, which Finley says will be open by Christmas of this year.