Conference Center gets OK in Penn Yan

The construction of a conference center for Penn Yan has the green light from Yates County and Penn Yan Village Planning Boards.

At the Feb. 28 meeting of the Yates County Planning Board, Chris Iversen’s application for site plan review to build a 12,340 sq.ft. conference center attached to the Keuka Lake Hotel at 110 Mace St. & 301 Lake St. was approved.

The plan was also approved by the Penn Yan Planning Board March 4.

Proposed for the southeast end of the Hampton Inn, project engineer Ryan Destro says the new building will have a connector to the hotel, a large, 190-space parking lot extending to Lake Street, a self-catering kitchen, and a large banquet room with seating for over 300 at tables or 600 conference style. The planned room can be divided by folding partition walls into three, and a large deck facing the lake is planned.

After questions regarding the greater restriction of the view of the lake from Lake Street, the loss of a large landmark tree on the lot, and a request for attractive landscaping along the street, the county planning board unanimously recommended the project for approval by the Penn Yan officials, giving it the “positive county-wide impact” stamp of approval.

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