WILMINGTON -- Plans for a new hotel that will sit across from the Town Offices were recently approved by the Development Review Board.
Conditions of the local permit include having a fire marshal approve of aspects regarding safety equipment access and abutter Eileen Ranslow sign an easement agreement.
"They had a verbal agreement with her but she was waiting to sign the agreement after they received formal approval from the DRB," said Zoning Administrator Craig Ohlson.
The former Wilmington Home Center and Professional Building properties, which will house the hotel, are located at 1, 3 and 5 East Main Street. The application was requested by Lorista Holdings LLC and Hermitage Inn Real Estate Holdings Co LLC. Two public hearings were held in May and July.
Wilmington Economic Development Consultant Gretchen Havreluk said some renovation had begun during an interview on Monday afternoon, after it was announced the project was one of 37 to receive tax credits through the state’s downtown and village center incentive program. The total project is expected to cost $1,928,400 and will receive $125,000 in tax credits.
One part of the project includes taking down the structure at 5 East Main Street for new construction of a lobby and carport.
"So there’s going to be access all the way through," Ohlson said.
That building was most recently used as a retail store with an apartment.
According to the DRB decision, the buildings are to be attached with a three story recessed addition in the existing alley way between 1 and 3 East Main Street. There are 14 guest rooms planned for the second and third floors, each with a private bath. The first floors will be used for retail space. The permit expires in two years.
A coffee bar and a connector addition with an elevator are included in the plans. The creation of a courtyard was another aspect of the approved project.
"This area is to be hard scraped with stone or like material, landscaped with plantings, be handicapped accessible and will be viewed by security cameras to protect the public," stated the DRB’s findings.
An early, rough plan for expanded parking behind the buildings was unveiled at the hearing on May 5. Site plans did not show a new parking plan, Ohlson told the Reformer.
This project is one of three downtown that involve Lorista and Hermitage properties. The former Vermont House building is currently under renovation and will also become a new hotel. The building that formerly housed Poncho’s Wreck Restaurant at 10 South Main Street will be rehabilitated for commercial retail use and office space. It has been vacant since 2009.