The Webb family of Mayville is about to have an even higher profile on Chautauqua Lake.
The Webbs, owners of Webb's Captain's Table and Webb's Cottage Collection, announced plans Wednesday to construct a luxury condominium resort hotel along the lake shore. The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake would combine the features and amenities of a high-end hotel with the ownership associated with condos. The 50,000-square-foot complex will feature concierge, valet and bell service, a heated pool, a hot tub, a private rooftop terrace, an on-site restaurant and lounge, a fitness room and a boat club with lake access.
And similar to a time-share resort, buyers will be able to choose between traditional full-year ownership or a fractional option to take every sixth week from Friday to Friday. But with the condo structure, they will own a piece of the real estate, instead of just buying the right to use it for a specific time period as with a time-share.
"For the people who enjoy the Chautauqua region, it gives you the opportunity to have a home in the Chautauqua region without having to deal with the headaches of home ownership," said Ben Webb, part of the family's third-generation of ownership. "It's an ease of being able to arrive on site and be able to participate and recreate immediately. We're excited about it."
The $12 million project will include at least 25 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with floor plans ranging in size from 750 to 1,800 square feet. Every unit will have views of the lake. But unlike a traditional condo, every unit will be furnished, with full kitchens, as well as linens, towels, kitchen equipment, plates, silverware and glassware.
Additionally, the lodge will offer property management and maid service, so that owners don't have to worry about cleaning or maintaining their condos. Even more, they can either use their time or allow the management to rent it, providing them supplemental income. Or they can come at another time for just the cost of housekeeping, with 72 hours' notice, if total occupancy is under 90 percent and their unit or a comparable unit is available.
“It’s the best of all worlds,” said Terry Elsemore, president of Fractional Strategies, a consulting firm with 30 years of experience on 20 condo and hotel projects, who is working with the Webbs for project planning, design, sales, marketing and legal documentation. “It's really a win-win for everybody."
Elsemore said the Webbs already have obtained zoning variances for height, setback and density, but still need site plan approval and a special-use permit from the Village of Mayville. The project's condo element requires the approval of the state Attorney General before the Webbs can start to market the units for sale, or take deposits. Elsemore said the family plans to start that process next month and submit the final paperwork in October, with a goal of approval by the end of year.
He said the family already has 550 names of potential buyers in five weeks.
"We'll probably sell this out," Elsemore predicted.
Construction is slated to begin in the spring, with the opening planned for 2020.
The Webbs business ventures in Mayville already include a restaurant, motel, candy store and year-round resort. The family has been a fixture in the Chautauqua County village since Paul and Nadine Webb bought their first local business, the Fountainette restaurant and ice cream shop, in 1942. Despite the interruption of World War II, the business thrived, and they expanded into candy-making four years later.
The couple purchased a series of small restaurants in Hartfield, Westfield and Dunkirk in the 1950s, followed by the Mooring Bit Restaurant in Mayville, which later became the site of Webb's Captain's Table and a bowling alley. Those were followed by a gift shop and the addition of Webb's Resort alongside the restaurant in 1968, as well as the addition of two businesses in Florida, Webb's Citrus Candies in 1972 and Webb's Coppertop Restaurant in 1976. Coppertop was sold in 1985, but Webb's Citrus Candies is still in the family.
After a fire in 1992 destroyed the bowling alley and part of the Captain's Table, the Webbs converted the former bowling alley area into a furniture and antique store, now called the Cottage Collection.
Meanwhile, the family added 26 new rooms to the original resort lodge in 1994, creating the 52-unit Webb's Year-Round Resort. It includes some luxury suites with adjoining rooms, fireplaces, private balconies and Jacuzzis. A miniature golf course was added in 2003. And Captain's Table has five dining rooms, banquet and conference rooms, and an open upper deck.
The new 50,000-square-foot project will consist of a four-story building, with a fifth mezzanine level for penthouses. About 30,000 square feet consists of the condos, while the rest is for the amenities.
“The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake will be our family’s greatest accomplishment in our 76-year history in the Chautauqua region, and will add jobs and a significant new tax base with virtually no expense to the village," said lead developer Jim Webb, Ben's father and the driving force behind the new venture.
The complex will sit on a one-acre parcel that Jim and Sally Webb have been accumulating for over 30 years, about a half-mile from the rest of the Webb businesses, on the lake side of Route 394. A Rail to Trails path connects the sites.