HARTWICK – Emotional firefighters shared their worries about a proposed Hampton Inn & Suites’ four-story building with the Hartwick Town Planning Board this evening
“I’m one of the ones who will be entering the building if something happens,” declared Chris Doucas, Hartwick Company #2 first assistant fire chief. “ I think that what I have to say should count since I may die. We have to worry about our families.”
For at least two months now, Hartwick firefighters have been voicing their concerns about the building’s height, and also about having to rely on a ladder truck from either the Cooperstown or Oneonta fire departments if the hotel is built that high and a fire were to break out there.
Firefighters and competitors raised objections Tuesday, Jan 8, at a public hearing on a Hampton Inn & Suites planned in Hartwick Seminary.
Hartwick Fire Company #2 pointed out it lacks a ladder truck necessary if the four-story building were to catch on fire.
In regards to the proposed 101 room hotel in Hartwick, I’d like to thank Bob Holt, career hospitality professional, for his willingness to “tell it like it is” regarding the true state of the hospitality business here in the Cooperstown area. While we at the Landmark Hotel in Cooperstown always welcome new competition,
I’d like to introduce the following numbers into the public discussion, hoping it broadens perspective.
1) 36,865 – 101 additional rooms sounds innocuous enough, but
HARTWICK – Fire protection, entrances onto Route 28 and septic issues were up for discussion when plans for a Hampton Inn & Suites in Hartwick Seminary came before the town Planning Board Tuesday.
A public hearing has been set on the project for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, the planning board’s next meeting.
Skyline Hospitality, which is affiliated with Erfan Khan’s Rainbow Group, owner of the Holiday Inn Express here and hotels in Oneonta, is planning a four-story hotel on Route 28, in the trailer park just south of Dollar General.