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Hotel Proposal for Elmira Road

November 10, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

The November 26th City Planning meeting this month has a new hotel project proposal (PDF embedded below). Ithaca Hotels and Optima Design & Engineering intend to build a

“4-story, 11,769-SF hotel with approximately 76 rooms and 76 parking spaces. The 1.4‐acre project site contains two contiguous tax parcels, containing a 7,500+/‐ SF office commercial building, fronting Elmira Road, and an auto‐body shop in the rear ― with access from Spencer Road and large paved parking areas.”

Ithaca Hotels, LLC was formed last September in Erie County, and its filing address shows up as an industrial cleaning contractor. Also filed for the same address is “Andco-Anderson Construction,” which has been registered in the past in four other states, unless the name is a coincidence. I suppose we’ll see if either company is associated or not at some point.

Optima Design & Engineering out of Buffalo has partnered with Ithaca Hotels, LLC. Their news page shows structural engineering work for the new Fairfield Inn in Horseheads… look familiar? Much like its new counterpart down the street from this proposal in Ithaca, which was completed back in August. I suppose all new Fairfields probably look about the same anyway- although, I’m sure this proposal would be for a different franchise.


  • B.C.

    My first thought upon reading the description was “I wonder if it’s a Holiday Inn Express?” Most of their newer hotels for the HI Express brand are in the 60-80 room range, and InterContinental Hotels Group (corporate parent of Holiday Inn) will lose its Ithaca presence once the license with the downtown property expires in January. For comparison, the recently-built HI Express in Cortland is 4 floors and 74 rooms.–NY/Cortland/Holiday_Inn_Express_CORTLAND.h726591/

    • I think you’re right on the money with that.
      Hilton is already well-represented with the Hilton Garden, Hampton, and Homewood, and Marriott will have a tower in the next couple years, along with the Courtyard at the airport. Ithaca seems to have its share of value brands already with Fairfield being the most recent addition, so I’d be surprised if it were a Days Inn or similar.