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Work Expected to Start this Week on Peekskill Hotel

George Liaskos, owner of the Holiday Inn Express, said work should start on the project today.

The loan was approved and all of the planning documents have been submitted.

The only thing left for the Holiday Inn Express project at the corner of John Walsh Boulevard and Louisa Street is for it to be built.

“We’re working right now and we’re preparing and assigning projects,” said George Liaskos, said of his pet project. “Activity should start [today]. We plan to work everyday until we’re finished.”

The Holiday Inn, which will have a 70-plus rooms and an indoor pool, will be silver LEED certified hotel. A silver LEED certification is the second level of certification a project can achieve, ranking below the gold and platinum standards.

Estimates given for the project have ranged between $7 million to $9 million.

For Liaskos, a Garrison resident and the owner of the the sight of construction workers is welcome.

The project has been in the planning stages since 2008. Liaskos said he was delayed by a slumping economy and the inability to secure a loan for the project.

“We broke ground about a year ago and then we had to stop when the banks went belly up,” Liaskos said. “We were able to continue after we got a small bank in Rhode Island to take on the project.”

The city also furnished Liaskos a $500,000 gap loan.

Liaskos declined to give an updated estimate on project costs.

“It’s hard to give estimate on construction costs,” Liasko said. “You don’t really have a final number until you’re able to factor in construction management costs, all the permitting...then you can say what the final cost is. I’ll be able to say the cost when the final number comes in.”

Liaskos is hopeful the construction will be completed by late spring.

leesther brown October 09, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Will there be jobs available for a few of the residents of Peekskill?!
Some Person October 09, 2012 at 11:36 PM
It's about time. My business is in need of a good hotel in peekskill. We keep booking rooms for our employees in Fishkill and then they must drive 30 minutes to the office. Looking forward to seeing this completed.
Peter Ruller October 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
What ever happened with the Rock Cut Hotel? You blasted away that mountain for nothing?
Bzkat14 October 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I for one will be thrilled that this project is finally starting. We need a hotel besides The Peekskill Inn.. When my family is here from the West Coast, they have to stay in Tarrytown & rent a car & thus eat & shop there..lets bring it to Peekskill. I'm also hoping it will employe part-time employees.
Bonnie October 15, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Is this being built union?
jo October 15, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I wonder about that too... we have lots of trades folks who live in Peekskill who need the job...hear that Mary and company... don't come looking for our help to get you reelected unless you help us out here..
millwgt October 22, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I hope that it is built UNION. That means decent living wages and the money stays here in the country,along with quality workmanship. On the other hand they could be hiring the day labors at the A&P.

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