MEDINA — After years of waiting and residents brimming with anticipation, Cobblestone Inns and Suites finally bought five acres in the Medina Business Park.
On Friday morning, the Orleans County Economic Development Agency sold the parcel of land between Pride Pak and Takeform, and the agency’s Orleans Land Restoration Corp. also approved a $250,000 loan for furniture, fixtures and equipment.
“It’s been pretty close to five years since we first started talking about it,” said Booka Haynes, managing member for the Cobblestone Hotel. “We actually met Gabrielle Barone, (vice president of development at the IDA) at Cobblestone’s hotel conference they had at Milwaukee that year. … We were building our first project at St. Mary’s (Pa.) and she said, ‘Well when you get done with that one, you can come to New York.’ We kind of laughed about it, and kept in touch over the years. And here we are.”
The Cobblestone Hotel would be a 10,567 square-foot, three-story building and would include 58 rooms. There will be a 50-person conference room, a bar with limited food, and a small convenience area.
The rooms would have mostly walk-in showers rather than tubs and electric mirrors where the lights are around the mirror themselves.
The next step for the project is to secure financing, and Haynes said they have a local bank which is interested. After that construction will start.
When that will be, Haynes said he cannot answer that because their contractor was shut down during the federal government shoutdown, so they are backlogged and another shutdown can happen in the next week.
Ideally, he said he would like for the hotel to open in late summer but admitted it probably wouldn’t happen due to what’s happened with the government shut-down.
Currently there is one other Cobblestone property in St. Mary’s and beside the project in Medina, they are also working on two others in development in Warren, Pa. and Barberton, Ohio.
In September 2017 the Medina Planning Board approved the completed application of the Cobblestone Hotel. It still needs to be approved by the Orleans County Planning Board.
“We’re excited to have a flag hotel that can be used for business and for tourism,” said James Whipple, CEO of the COIDA. The Cobblestone Hotel, he said would be the only flag hotel in Orleans County and one of it’s largest.