Be our guest
Partition Street hotel gears up for Labor Day opening, convention center and restaurant to follow in October
It was nearly four years ago that we first learned about HITS President Tom Struzzieri's plan to build a hotel and conference center at the former site of the Cantine Mill on Partition Street. Since then, the project has been hailed as a "shot in the arm" for the village and a sure-fire boon for local businesses and the tax-base by some, and criticized by others for lack of public access and for a supposed conflict-of-interest by U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who had secured federal money for a sewer line near the property while a partner in the project through his co-ownership of the parcel.
In other words, it's been a typical fractious Hudson Valley development debate. But in this case, the developer kept his head down, played the game and kept the money flowing. Though Struzzieri came away from the process feeling like local governments need to speed up the process and reduce impediments for developers, actually his project, variously estimated at a total cost of $10-12 million, went very fast. Opening day for the hotel is Sept. 3, with the conference center and restaurant to follow Oct. 28.