EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Despite some adverse opinions from local residents, the project that will bring a hotel to Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe is charging along quicker than anyone could have expected.
At the latest Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Steve Ecklond confirmed that developers of the Marriott are right on schedule, after completing an environmental analysis of the location. Next, the developers will make a presentation to the Planning Board as they seek site plan approval so they can build the hotel.
According to 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 hotel would be erected at an old quarry site at 125 Marbledale Road. It would feature more than 150 rooms, 200 on-site parking spaces and a restaurant. It will create nearly 100 permanent jobs in the village, as well as 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.”
Ecklond said that he worked closely with several prominent politicians - namely Assemblywoman Amy Paulin in Albany - who worked tirelessly to get the hotel tax passed by legislators. Although some have argued that a hotel will be out of place in the small village, the trustees are excited about the potential the hotel tax and new business brings.
“This is one of the few taxes I’m in favor of. It’s controversial. The Republican party did not want to see a hotel tax, their thoughts were that a community should be able to take the additional tax revenue that you get from improving property taxes, and put that toward services,” Trustee Steven Alfasi said. “All I know is I’m glad we have it, I’m glad we voted for it, now sign it, Gov. Cuomo.”
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