Tuesdays groundbreaking for another major hotel project in Watertown is the result of not just the efforts of developer Patrick Donegan but also a couple of years of beating the drum for water and sewer improvements on the west side of town that will allow this land adjacent to Route 81 to be used. The plan, with the support of City Council, improved Gaffney Drive sewer lines and will result in the acquiring of a new line across property that is part of Stateway Plaza.
Funding came from different sources including an innovative use of some $100K in federal USDA funds that were eligible for use in the City. My old friend, former Alex Bay supervisor Sampie Sutton helped to hook us up with the dollars. There were county IDA dollars in addition to city funds.
Improving water and sewer in this commercial neighborhood will yield important benefits and the three new hotels in the pipeline and the adjacent businesses to support them are a plus for the City's important retail and hospitality sector.
Watertown Daily Times Hotel groundbreaking set for Tuesday