WHEATFIELD – The owners of the Best Western Hotel in Batavia applied to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency Wednesday for a tax break for a planned all-suite hotel in Niagara Falls.
Sunrise Lodging LLC, owned by the Patel family, is seeking a 10-year property tax and sales tax abatement on the planned Comfort Suites hotel to be built on Niagara Falls Boulevard between 70th and 71st streets.
The four-story, 72-room hotel is targeted to open in June or July, Pravin V. Patel, company president, said. It will employ the equivalent of 16 full-time workers.
The now-vacant 1.89-acre site was the location of the former Gambino Lincoln-Mercury auto dealership. It is across the street from the Tops International supermarket. “We’ve been owning this site since 2007. We’ve just been waiting for the right opportunity to build a hotel,” Patel told the IDA board.
The 52,000-square-foot, four-story hotel is to cost an estimated $6.68 million. Patel said the Falls hotel scene doesn’t include much for large families. He said the Comfort Suites hotel will offer lodging for parties of six to eight.
“For them, this is more family-friendly,” he said.
He said hotel occupancy has returned to pre-recession levels and the time for expansion has arrived. “As you can see, the tourism industry is coming back strong now,” Patel said.
Besides the property tax incentives, Sunrise Lodging would not have to pay sales tax on building materials, furnishings or equipment for the hotel. The tax breaks being sought would save the company about $1.38 million over 10 years, the IDA staff calculated.
Also today, the IDA received an application for a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, arrangement from Brent Industries, the parent company of KJ Motorsports of Royalton.
The company seeks to nearly triple the size of its operation on Mountain Road, just south of the Village of Middleport.
The firm sells parts for all-terrain vehicles, golf carts and snowmobiles. Another subsidiary, Outdoor Furnace Supply, sells heat exchangers for pools and spas.
President Kyle Brent said his businesses employ six people now, and he “conservatively” expects to double that within three years.
He started his business in 2005 and built a 7,100-square-foot warehouse and sales center on Mountain Road in 2010.
“We’ve just grown and need to put on more space and employees,” Brent said of his plan for a 12,600-square-foot addition, to cost an estimated $604,250.
The property and sales tax breaks would be worth $134,811 over the next 15 years, the IDA staff calculated.
The IDA will schedule public hearings on both projects sometime before its expected vote on the deals at its Nov. 13 meeting.