A four-story Holiday Inn Express hotel has been proposed for a Town of Tonawanda site now occupied by a long-closed motel and single-family homes.
The sale of 2382-2424 Niagara Falls Blvd., four properties owned by members of the Kocsis family, reportedly is under contract. Numbers 2382, 2396 and 2410 are single-family homes, while 2424 is the former Boulevard Gardens Motel.
Their frontage on Niagara Falls Boulevard totals 490 feet, and the lots are 208 feet deep. The parcel occupies most of the block between Forbes and Thistle avenues, just south of Ellicott Creek Road.
The asking price was $925,000, according to an online real estate multiple listing service.
“It’s a great project,” said Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr., chairman of the Tonawanda Town Board’s Economic Development, Planning Board and Building Department committees. Preliminary plans indicate the hotel would have 89 guest rooms, he said.
Much of Niagara Falls Boulevard is zoned for general business, which allows homes and businesses to coexist. But Chandrakant Patel, the hotel’s would-be developer, needs to secure a couple of variances before the project can proceed.
One is to exceed the maximum building height of 45 feet. Bargnesi said the proposed building height is 42 feet, but the facade would reach 49 feet, 10 inches.
“I don’t see that being a problem,” Bargnesi said.
A second variance is needed to place the building closer to Niagara Falls Boulevard. A setback of approximately 20 feet is proposed, while the town code requires 65 feet.
“That’s a little extreme, in my personal opinion,” Bargnesi said of the 65-foot requirement. “They are moving the building as close as they can to the boulevard, to keep a nice buffer from the residents.”
To the west, Dexter Terrace runs parallel to Niagara Falls Boulevard.
Bargnesi said plans indicate the distance from the back of the building to the rear property line would be 150 feet. Parking would be behind the building and to the south; only 2396, 2410 and 2424 Niagara Falls Blvd. are in the footprint of the proposed hotel at this point.
The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals has scheduled a public hearing on the variance requests for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave.