Hampton Inn gets nod in PY

Gwen Chamberlain
The Hampton Inn will be built on land off Mace Street, near Top of the Lake Restaurant is located (bottom center) and Knapp & Schlappi Lumber.

As soon as an easement for a walking path along the waterfront is recorded, work can begin on the Hampton Inn Penn Yan. Monday night, the Penn Yan Village Planning Board approved final plans for the three to four story 72-room hotel on property between Top of The Lake Restaurant and the Penn Yan Firemen’s Field off Lake Street.

C.N. Iversen Family LLC of Gorham will build the hotel.

“We’re looking forward to serving everyone on Keuka Lake. It’s going to be great,” said developer Chris Iversen Tuesday morning.

He said his company is awaiting approval of the building permit application and waiting for final financial package details to be worked out, but he anticipates construction will start this spring with a targeted completion date of mid-May 2016.

The project recently was awarded an Empire State Development grant of $750,000.

Start of the Hampton Inn project had been delayed in mid-2014 after it was discovered that soil conditions will require deeper pilings. Because of that delay, some funds had been returned to investors, but at the time, Iversen said he was sure it was “not a roadblock, just a hurdle.”

The village of Penn Yan will continue with its plans to replace the water main on Lake Street by May. The village has been awarded state funds to help pay for these improvements.

Iversen’s companies have been involved in other developments in Penn Yan lately.

The Birkett Landing apartment project on Water Street was completed by the company. The company also owns Keuka Outlet Development, where multiple housing units are planned on the former Penn Yan Marine site, not far from the site of the Hampton Inn.

The village of Penn Yan and Yates County continue efforts to work through the agreements that have been made to transfer the county owned property to the village and then to Keuka Outlet Development. Both the village and county have made some amendments to the agreements that were first approved in early 2014. Yates County Planner Shawna Bonshack says the amendments clear up some boundary issues and add more detail to the project timelines.