EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Progress has been slowed at the site of a potential hotel location on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe after pollutants were found in the soil at what was once an old quarry site.
Developers of the Marriott have remained on schedule, but a preliminary investigation revealed pollutants at the site that would need to be removed before construction could potentially begin.
According to Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond, “the site looks much better than anyone anticipated, and the developer is right on track. He’s going to hopefully be in the ground later this year, or worst case, early next spring. They still need site plan approval before they can build the hotel, but from a village standpoint, he is ready to go and there will be a Marriott in a couple years on Marbledale Road.”
The Tuckahoe Planning Board will determine whether or not to extend the comment period or force developers to do a complete environmental investigation on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Despite the contamination, the site at 125 Marbledale Road can still be a viable location for the hotel. If it is eventually completed, the hotel would feature more than 150 rooms, 200 on-site parking spaces and a restaurant. It will create upwards of 100 permanent jobs in the village, and hundreds of temporary construction jobs.
Outside of the jobs that the project creates, the village also stands to gain financially by levying a 3 percent hotel occupancy tax that would be charged to those staying at the location.
“That 3 percent (tax) is going toward police enforcement, to benefit sanitation workers and the community. When you have a business in your community with 100 or so rooms that will be constantly turned over, you’re going to have issues to deal with and that’s going to fall on our police and DPW,” Ecklond said. “I feel strongly that that cost should be a burden for the people that are staying at the hotel, not the people who live in the community.”
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