ESD Announces Groundbreaking for Expansion of Roxbury Hotel in Delaware County

ESD Announces Groundbreaking for Expansion of Roxbury Hotel in Delaware County

October 17, 2017

Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that developers have broken ground on the expansion of the Roxbury Hotel in Delaware County. The rehabilitation of a nearby 5700 square-foot federal mansion will see the facility converted into seven new themed guest rooms and eight new themed tower cottages. The renovation project at the new Roxbury at Stratton Falls will also include a scenic waterfall, a walkway and the preservation of a pedestrian bridge and will be completed by Masserson Holdings.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who was on hand for today’s groundbreaking event said, “Under Governor Cuomo we have made unprecedented investments in the tourism industry, resulting in record-level visitor spending and overall economic impact. The expansion of the world-famous Roxbury Hotel makes this region an even more unique and attractive destination for travelers, which is one of the major goals of the Southern Tier Soaring vision for sustained job growth.”

Empire State Development President, CEO &Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The Roxbury Hotel is already a huge draw for this beautiful region, attracting visitors from around the world.  Through this investment, we are helping the project developers expand and further invest in the community, bolstering tourism efforts in the Southern Tier which are a crucial part of the regionally designed economic development plan.”

To assist with the expansion project, Empire State Development is providing $3.2 million through a Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant. The total project cost is a little more than $7.3 million dollars.  The expansion is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019 and result in the creation of six new full-time jobs.

Gregory Henderson, President of Masserson Holdings said, “It is difficult to express in just words how grateful we are to Governor Cuomo,  Empire State Development, New York State, and our local community for believing in us. Their support of our vision has given us the confidence to keep growing our business and has been instrumental in our ability to acquire the financing for this complicated project in the Watershed Region for New York City. Once completed, we look forward to bringing in more new tourists from all over the world to introduce them to the beauty and wonder of the Catskills and the great state of New York." 

The Roxbury Hotel has an international reputation for its whimsical elegance and   over-the-top guestrooms. The hotel’s themed rooms are inspired by famous TV series, films and cartoons from 1960’s and 1970’s. It has named as the Best Hotel/Motel in the Catskills Region 11 years in a row by the Catskill Mountain News. The destination was also tapped as  the winner of the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award, Luxury Travel Guide’s 2015 Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year for New York, and National Geographic Traveler’s ’Stay List’ for the Best Hotels in North America among other honors. The Roxbury has also been featured on the TLC, HGTV, and Animal Planet networks.

Southern Tier REDC Co-Chairs Tom Tranter, President & CEO of Corning Enterprises and Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University said, “The STREDC is committed to supporting new and established businesses through the regionally designed Southern Tier Soaring economic development plan. A major part of that blueprint is supporting tourism efforts which will draw visitors to the area from around the world who will see and take advantage of all that this beautiful region has to offer.”

State Senator James Seward said, “The Roxbury is a great locally-run business which gives back to the community and epitomizes why the Catskills is a terrific place to live and work.  This investment by Empire State Development will support the expansion of this already wonderfully unique destination motel and provide visitors with yet another reason to spend time here and experience everything that makes Roxbury and the surrounding region special - boosting our overall economy.”

Town Supervisor Tom Hynes said, "The Roxbury Hotel’s expansion  is a win-win for  our community and  for the entire Southern Tier region.‎ This is a significant investment that will help  to boost tourism efforts in the region. I thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for supporting this exciting project for this established, successful business.”

For additional information on the Roxbury Hotel, click here.

Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 
Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

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