Stalled project in Canandaigua may move forward next week

The vacant steel structure sitting along the north end of Canandaigua Lake is a constant reminder of the hotel that could have sat on what is considered prime real estate in the city proper.

For lifelong resident Mary Jo Foster, despite the lack of progress, seeing that the structure is still standing gives her hope.

“As long as that's here and there are still developers that see the vision we always know it could be, there's still going to be hope,” said Foster.

There may be reason to hope when it comes to the long-stalled project, although Canandaigua City Manager John Goodwin is hesitant to give it.

“There have been potential deals that have fallen through in the past, so I’m hesitant to even speak to you now regarding it, because I don't want to give any false hope,” said Goodwin, “but it is promising that we'll see something happen this year.”

On Monday, proof of financing for the project must be presented to the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency. This is the final approval step for the project. The IDA has already held a public hearing and given the project its preliminary approval.

One of the developers, Bob Murphy, tells 13WHAM they are currently working with the IDA and city to finalize finances.

“There has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Again, it's a private project, so a lot doesn't involve us, but we have gotten revised plans and updated plans and they're very thick, so we are going through those revised plans now,” said Goodwin.

The plan is that this empty structure will become a Hilton Tapestry with more than 100 hotel rooms, a conference center, two floors of condos, a restaurant and spa. That version of the project has been on the table for nearly a year.

The building will also have to be deemed structurally sound.

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