Plan for 2 New Windsor hotels moves forward; public hearing on FEIS next

/Plan for 2 New Windsor hotels moves forward; public hearing on FEIS next

Plan for 2 New Windsor hotels moves forward; public hearing on FEIS next

|2019-08-22T15:12:31-04:00August 22nd, 2019|

NEW WINDSOR — Windsor Hospitality says it wants to “provide diversity of choice to meet the demands of various budgets” if it gets the OK to bookend its Days Inn on Route 300 with two more hotels.

Its plan took a step forward when the Planning Board deemed the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) complete earlier this month.

The board’s vote authorized circulation of the document, which will be the subject of a public hearing at a future date.

Just north of the Days Inn on the 6.8-acre site, the developers plan to build a five-story, 102-room Marriott Residence Inn. That hotel would serve upper-tier corporate clients as well as families on vacation.

Windsor Hospitality, based in Clarks Summit, Pa., says the only similar hotel in town is the Homewood Suites on Breunig Road at New York Stewart International Airport. The occupancy rate there is high, meaning there is a demand for another such hotel in town, the company said.

The other new hotel, known only as Hotel B at this point, would have four stories and 88 rooms and be located to the south of the Days Inn. It would be targeted to mid-size corporate clients and families with mid-level budgets.

The Orange County Planning Department had said it wanted to ensure that the project protects Washington Lake, the City of Newburgh’s former reservoir across Route 300, from further pollution. Planning Commissioner David Church said in an April letter to the board that the storm water management plan “appears to be an improvement over current site conditions.”

He suggested considering green infrastructure such as rain gardens and permeable pavement techniques, which could further reduce runoff and “provide an added layer of protection for the lake.”

The neighborhood might get a fourth hotel: Banta Realty’s plan for a four-story, 93-room hotel on the site of the former Steak & Stein restaurant next door to Windsor Hospitality, is also going through the approval process.

But in response to a suggestion by the state Department of Transportation that Banta would need to share the driveway leading to the Days Inn, Windsor Hospitality officials said in the FEIS there is “no recorded document” granting such access.

mrandall@th-record.com

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