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Town of Hartwick

Public Hearing Set On New Hartwick Hotel

Fire Fighting, Septic,

Access Issues For Hotel

Public Hearing On Hampton Inn Set Jan. 8
Hartwick town Planning Board co-chairs Greg Horth, right, and Alex Jones, discuss the evening’s agenda as Tuesday’s meeting was about to begin.  At left is Jenna Utter, the board’s clerk.  (Patrick Wager/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PATRICK WAGER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Parent company Hilton released this latest prototype for new Hampton Inn & Suites in May.

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.

Tops Prepares Plan To Avoid Bankruptcy

Tops Prepares Plan

To Avoid Bankruptcy

Tops store #568 is in Cooperstown Commons, Town of Hartwick.

COOPERSTOWN – Williamsville-based Tops Markets, which operates a supermarket in Cooperstown Commons, announced that it has filed a Plan of Reorganization with U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The plan incorporates the company’s court-approved agreements with its unions and is supported by certain of the company’s senior secured lenders that hold more than 87 percent of its Senior Secured Notes due 2022, the company said.

PHOTOS SURFACE ON FLIPPED-OVER TRUCK

XNG GAS-CARRIER CRASHES

PHOTOS SURFACE ON

FLIPPED-OVER TRUCK

These photos of last Tuesday’s crash of an XNG truck en route south from the company’s plant near Little Falls, were provided to www.AllOTSEGO.com by Bill Huston, Binghamton, who has been monitoring the trucks since they began driving back and forth in February from the Northeast Pennsylvania fracking fields.  He writes, “This type of vehicle is a Hexagon Composites Titan-40. It is a very high-tech vehicle, a Type-4 CNG Carbon-Fiber Composite Tube Trailer. They are still IMO experimental, having only been on the road since 2012 when USDOT issued Special Permit SP-14951. These trailers cost $500,000 each.”  The company said the truck was empty, although Huston isn’t sure.  He said the driver was taken to Bassett Hospital for treatment.

Cooperstown Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Cooperstown Man Dies

As Motorcycle Crashes

HARTWICK – A 28-year-old Cooperstown man was killed yesterday in a mid-morning motorcycle crash  with a pickup truck in the Town of Hartwick.

He was identified as Kyle W. Bronson.  He was a 2007 graduate of Cooperstown Central, where he played football.

State Police said Bronson was eastbound on Route 11 heading toward Hartwick hamlet when he lost control of his 2010 Kawasaki and crossed into the westbound lane, striking a 2015 GMC Denali pickup truck.

WATERPARK IMPACT: $16M ANNUAL TAXES

WATERPARK IMPACT:

$16M ANNUAL TAXES

10-Year Economic Impact

On Local Market: $1 Billion

By JIM KEVLIN • AllOTSEGO.com EXCLUSIVE

This is the cover of the waterpark feasibility study report for a Town of Hartwick site by Hotel & Leisure Advisors of Cleveland.
This is the cover of the waterpark feasibility study report for a Town of Hartwick site by Hotel & Leisure Advisors of Cleveland.

ONEONTA – A market study released today by a Cleveland-based tourism consulting firm recommends construction of a “400-room full-service destination indoor waterpark resort” in the Town of Hartwick.

If built, a separate economic-impact assessment estimates the project would have $1 billion financial impact on Otsego County over 10 years, and create more than 800 jobs.  It would also generate $16 million a year in local taxes.

The market survey, by Hotel & Leisure Advisors, was commissioned by Otsego Now as part of an effort to expand the local tourism industry beyond the current 100-day season.

“To increase the demand during non-peak times, a destination resort need to offer sufficient amenities and be large enough to attract new demand,” the executive summary concludes.

More reportage will be forthcoming.  Meanwhile, you can download:

WATER PARK MARKET FEASIBILITY STUDY REPORT

WATERPARK ECONOMIC-IMPACT STUDY REPORT

SUV Hits Abutment In Town Of Hartwick

SUV Hits Abutment

In Town Of Hartwick

Shortly before 10 a.m., police and rescue personnel arrive at the scene of a one-vehicle crash in the Town of Hartwick. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Shortly before 10 a.m., police and rescue personnel arrive at the scene of a one-vehicle crash in the Town of Hartwick. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HARTWICK – Sheriff’s deputies and rescue vehicles at this hour are at the scene of a one-vehicle crash on Route 45, just west of Schidzik Road, in the Town of Hartwick.

It appeared a green SUV, eastbound toward Route 28, had slid on wet and slushy pavement and smashed, head-on, into the abutment of a bridge over a small creek.

No word on injuries were immediately available.

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