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DEVELOPERS SUBMIT PLANS FOR NEW HOTEL

Developers have submitted final plans for a $2.8 million project to build a new hotel on the city's west side.

Director of Development Steven Centi said Tuesday that now that the city has received electrical and plumbing plans, a building permit could be granted to Star Hotels within the next week or two for construction of a Best Western Inn and Suites on the northwest side of the intersection of West Third and Washington streets.

Centi said developers Jay and Ram Patel of Star Hotels turned over the plans late last week. He said they were then given to Building Inspector Larry Scalise to be reviewed.

"(Scalise)is a licensed architect, and is more than qualified to review those plans. He's in the process of reviewing those," Centi explained. "We're still awaiting the sprinkler system plans."

Centi said the next step would be for a certified architect to sign off on the plans.

The building permit process has been a long time coming. Star Hotels had submitted plans for the 60-room hotel last winter. Once conditional site plan approval was given, officials said the Patels expected to have the hotel ready to open just after the new Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena opened. The arena opened in mid-August.

"It kind of dragged on, and it seemed to reach a point where it seemed that it may not be moving forward, but, this has reversed that trend. It obviously is (now) moving forward," said Centi.

Star Hotels, based in Orchard Park, received a foundation permit last August, and work began on the foundation last month.

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