According to John McGraw, the developer, balloons will fly at the site today to show the building's proposed height and width. The balloons had been scheduled to fly Wednesday, but were called off due to wind and because it was thought there would be rain during the day. The balloons are scheduled to go up at 8:30 a.m. today and remain up throughout the day.
''Our feeling is that we know what we're going to do engineering-wise and know it's all possible, so next comes the building,'' McGraw said Wednesday. ''If they say 'Yes, you can build your building,' then I think you're going to see a hotel. If they say 'No, we want something four stories tall' or some variation that kind of rips the heart out of what I want to do, then there probably isn't going to be a deal.''
As proposed to the Town Board by McGraw in February 2006, the hotel is to be located on the 30-acre Bootey property in Stow. At eight stories tall, it would have 150 rooms and 12 condominiums.
In the months since it was first proposed, town officials have said they are waiting on an application from McGraw to make a decision and will look at the project when it is properly proposed.
According to Sally Carlson, town supervisor, Town Board members have no opinion on the project yet.
''I'm at a point where I just want to find out where it's going to be and what it's going to look like size-wise,'' Mrs. Carlson said. ''I'm really at a point of just taking in information. I really, even personally, do not have a position yet.''
When heading west from Jamestown, the Bootey property is located on the right of Route 394 just past Hogan's Hut. The property goes from Route 394 to Chautauqua Lake. According to Mrs. Carlson, there aren't many neighboring residents who would be directly affected by the project.
''After Hogan's there's a field on the right and then the next field is the Bootey's,'' Mrs. Carlson said. ''There really aren't many people out there. There's one house on the other side of the road that belongs to the town and then there's one by the town highway building that, I believe, belongs to Dick Sena and he uses it for his business.''
Proposed to be built near the Power Boat Club between Wells Bay and Stow roads, the project would have breakout meeting rooms in addition to hotel rooms. One of the rooms a 60-by-90 foot room overlooking the bay into Chautauqua Lake would be used for weddings.
''It's kind of up to the town to decide whether they want the project or not,'' McGraw said. ''I don't know when they will come to that conclusion.''
Four balloons will be flown today, with one at each corner of where the building will sit. According to McGraw, pictures need to be taken of the balloons from various angles to show how tall the hotel would be in relation to the surrounding area.
The next meeting of the North Harmony Town Board will be at 8 p.m. Monday.
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