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Changes to Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort and Hotel plan OK’d

The proposed changes are relatively minor when it comes to the overall scheme of the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort and Hotel project.

But to some, what these changes — which include the addition of an elevator and scaled-back parking — mean is progress on the long-stalled project on Canandaigua Lake billed by many as the “bird cage.”

The City Planning Commission on Tuesday night gave the OK for the changes.

City Manager John Goodwin said this is progress, although he acknowledged that city officials have said this before.

“I feel we are inching closer,” Goodwin said. “This is the closest we’ve been to having this project up and running again.”

An exterior elevator will bump out at the end of the building and be used to access the proposed 44 condominiums on the top two floors of the five-story structure. That way, occupants would not have to use the hotel lobby, according to Rick Brown, director of development and planning for the city.

Originally approved for 603 parking spaces, the resort would now have 535, with roughly 300 spaces in an already approved parking deck, Brown said.

Robert Murphy, one of the principals in the project, said the elevator was a requirement by Hilton. The parking changes are an attempt to make it more compact and make the site more attractive, Murphy added.

In all, developers still are proposing 109 hotel rooms, possibly under the Hilton brand, along with a restaurant, lounge and wine-tasting room. Also in the works are a 12,475-square-foot conference center and meeting space, full-service spa and business center.

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