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Water park, hotel pitched to planners

An indoor water park, hotel and restaurant complex is proposed for Routes 5 and 20 near Sunset Bay.

The $10 million project was presented to the Town of Hanover Planning Board on Monday and greeted with enthusiastic support.

"This is a fabulous project," said Town Supervisor Todd Johnson, who has been meeting on the project with Michelle Borrello of MMM Real Estate Development since March.

The proposed development would rise on 11.6 acres at Routes 5 and 20 at Beebe Road -- part of the 5 and 20 business district near Sunset Bay.

The indoor water park -- a year-round destination -- also would feature a three-story hotel with about 70 rooms and two restaurants.

Construction is scheduled to get under way in August, with the project opening next summer. The park would be staffed by 150 full- and part-time employees. About 70 workers would be employed during construction.

Currently, Borrello, director of the project, is seeking tax relief from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency on construction material and other purchases for the project, according to William Daly, IDA director.

"The county executive is behind this project 100 percent," said Daly, who also serves as the county's director of planning and economic development.

Daly praised the efforts of Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, for promoting development in northern Chautauqua County. Borrello is a cousin of Michelle Borrello, the project developer.

The water park site also is a terminus for 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the county.

"The snowmobile trail system would literally end in the back parking lot of this business," Daly said.

Johnson said the town Zoning and Planning boards will cooperate fully on getting the project approved.

Both town and county officials are hopeful the water park will encourage the Seneca Nation to develop a 110-acre site near the Silver Creek exit of the Thruway.