EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – After months of debate regarding the construction of the oft-discussed hotel project on Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe, locals will soon have their next opportunity to speak out at a public Planning Board meeting.
Next week, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, the board is scheduled to return to the public discussion regarding the potential Marriot Hotel and restaurant at 109 Marbledale Road following on the heels of last month's opening public meeting.
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.
At the time the pollutants were found in the soil, Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond noted that “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.”
Tuesday will mark the second time that local residents have an opportunity to address the Board regarding environmental impact and other concerns about the potential property.
Despite the contamination, the site 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 noted. “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.”
The Planning Board meeting will be held at 7:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Village Hall.