Wednesday April 5, 2017

Home2 Suites by Hilton Project Rolling Along

No opening date set yet for Visions Hotelsí hospitality site
By Lou Sorendo

    Home2 Suites by Hilton under construction in Oswego

    A new Home2 Suites by Hilton is being constructed off Jim Shampine Drive in the city of Oswego.


    A spokesperson for Visions Hotels, which is developing the site, said there has been no date set as to its opening.


    “It’s too early at this point,” the spokesperson said, declining to note how far along the project is.


    The hotel is located between Oswego Speedway on East Albany Street and state Route 104 East.


    Visions Hotels recently opened a Home2 Suites by Hilton in the Rochester area. Amenities include high-speed Internet, fitness facilities, meeting rooms and an indoor pool. It is also pet friendly, features full kitchens and free breakfast is available. The cost of a room there is $96.


    The new 89-room hotel in Oswego is being constructed by Oswego Lodging Group, LLC, a subsidiary of Visions Hotels, LLC, based in Corning. The hotel will encompass 52,000 square feet of space on four floors.


    Visions Hotels is a hotel management company that operates a chain of hotels in Central and Western New York. It operates 39 hotels in the state.


    This is the second major hotel being built in the city of Oswego over the last several years. Recently, a new Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened at 140 E. 13th St. It features the exact number of rooms as the new Home2 Suites by Hilton.


    The county IDA approved a payments-in-lieu-of-tax agreement with the developers. The estimated development cost of the project is approximately $9.9 million.


    L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of Operation Oswego County, said the investment in the Home2 Suites by Hilton project demonstrates that the county “is being recognized as a growth area for tourism and business activities, which is a very positive signal to help further the economic development cause.


    “The community is experiencing a tremendous and dynamic surge.”


    Buoying this upward trend is the county’s ability to retain Exelon’s James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba; projects such Harbor View Square and the $10 million city of Oswego Downtown Revitalization Initiative; continual expansion at Novelis in Scriba; and the county of Oswego Industrial Development Association’s backing of a $6 million business incubator at a 43,000-square-foot site on the city of Oswego’s east side.


    “We are pleased that Visions Hotels committed to joining the county’s tourism and lodging sector,” Treadwell added.