ELLICOTTVILLE — Holiday Valley’s parent company, Win Sum Ski Corp., unveiled plans for the next phase of development at the popular ski resort to the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency on Friday.
Plans include renovating the pool and cabana area, and buying new snow groomers, snow guns and other snow-making implements, as well as a plow truck to aid in winter operations.
The agency gave the project preliminary approval to proceed and perhaps return with a formal application.
Year-round business is expected to be enhanced with renovations to rooms at the Inn, an on-site hotel, as well as the addition of a climbing tower at the Sky-High Adventure Course. The $2.8 million project is expected to add one job.
Corey Wiktor, executive director of the Cattaraugus County IDA, said the project is expected to increase the number of visitors to the resort.
Holiday Valley is the home of 13 lifts, 56 slopes and trails, three base lodges, two hotels, a golf course, pools and other attractions, like a highly acclaimed terrain park and a sled coaster winding down the hillside.
In addition to the Holiday Valley improvements, the county IDA gave initial approval to new development in the village of Ellicottville to Sprague Development Corp. for redeveloping the 1887 School Building on the corner of Washington and Jefferson Streets.
The building was recently commercial rental spaces, housing various businesses, from hair salons to fitness classes, newspapers and professional services offices.
The developers want to transform the building into a boutique hotel and are seeking New York State tax abatements, a mortgage recording tax abatement and a tourism payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement. The facility would have 18 rooms and a community center that could be used a movie theater.
“For this to happen, aggressive renovations are necessary,” Wiktor said. “The interior will go through an extensive renovation, to include all-new [heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems], a computer system, laundry area, and construction of the 18 rooms.”
According to the application, the exterior of the building would remain largely untouched, keeping the footprint the same. The 19,200-square-foot building has had a difficult time in maintaining a solid base of tenants for years, Wiktor said.
The new facility would add 10 jobs to the area, as well as several construction jobs in the renovations. The cost estimate of the project is $2,442,000.