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Plans progress for hotel on Connellsville's West Side

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Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 6:13 p.m.
 

Plans are on track for the completion this year of a 54-room hotel in Connellsville.

Chris Rosselot, project spokesperson with Grant Forbes for the Hotel d2 Services project on Connellsville's West Side, said the Department of Environmental Protection notice of the requirement recently sent to the Connellsville Municipal Authority for sewage planning modules is “just part of the planning process.”

He said if problems are found with the size of the sewage lines, they would be replaced during the hotel construction.

Previously, Hotel d2 had planned to break ground for the hotel, with Cobblestone as the potential hotel owner, in December.

The groundbreaking had to be rescheduled, and details will be announced when plans are made, the developers said.

The hotel will be built on the site of the former Connellsville Bottling plant on First Street.

The plant will be demolished before site work begins.

Rosselot said construction of the hotel is on track for completion before the end of the year.

The structure would feature a building with two wings, with a driveway running through a center section. The building would will be raised 3 feet higher than the current elevation to keep the first floor above the flood plain since it will be near the Youghiogheny River.

Potential guests include bikers and hikers along the Great Allegheny Passage.

Those traveling by rail on Amtrak from the Washington area or the Midwest could leave the Capitol Limited with their bicycles or hiking gear, cross the river and stay overnight in the hotel before heading east on the passage.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kpolacek@tribweb.com or 724-626-3538.

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