Pictured is the previous Hideaway Bay Restaurant & Lounge . Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. officers have been working for 5 years to redevelop the previous restaurant web site.
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SILVER CREEK — The redevelopment of a former lakeside restaurant continues to maneuver ahead through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gina Paradis, Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. govt director, mentioned the Hideaway Bay redevelopers — Adventure Sports Development & Tundo Construction — are assembly with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Silver Creek Village officers to kind out the logistics and to do web site preparations.

“It’s moving along. Hopefully we will see groundbreaking before winter,” Paradis mentioned. “It will depend how quickly everything comes together, but it certainly feels good to see it moving forward, especially with this group of developers. They are really moving forward with environmental stewardship and it’s a plan the community can get their arms around.”

The land financial institution’s function within the redevelopment of the previous Hideaway Bay web site has been ongoing for 5 years, and it hasn’t been simple. In 2016, the land financial institution agreed to accumulate the rundown property the place the previous Hideaway Bay Restaurant & Lounge was situated after it was initially set for the Chautauqua County Tax Foreclosure Auction. After buying the property, Paradis mentioned it took land financial institution officers a yr to kind out growth restrictions, have it surveyed and to know what the DEC would enable for redevelopment.

“We had to look at what the site could accommodate and what it couldn’t,” she mentioned. “We had to look at zoning and compliance issues.”

When the land financial institution was lastly able to have proposals submitted for attainable redevelopment tasks, nothing appeared to be a match for the property.

“We want through two rounds of (request for proposals) without an acceptable proposal,” she mentioned.

Then in January 2020, the previous restaurant was destroyed by hearth after a juvenile set it a blaze. Following the hearth, the land financial institution continued transferring ahead with redevelopment efforts. In February 2020, Paradis advised the land financial institution board that that they had three critical redevelopment proposals. However, a month later the COVID-19 pandemic began within the state, which led to perspective builders being hesitant due to the unknown monetary ramifications on the time.

But land financial institution officers continued to maneuver ahead through the pandemic to redevelop the property, in the end resulting in the announcement in November that the property had been bought for $225,000 to Adventure Sports Development & Tundo Construction. The Silver Creek firm bought the property to redevelop the location into lux cabin leases and a year-round recreation hub with journey sport information providers.

The undertaking proposal consists of public entry to the seashore and lake that shall be inspired with the event of a strolling path with connections to the general public seashore throughout Walnut Creek and a kayak launch. A restaurant and occasions venue shall be developed within the second part. The growth is estimated at a $ 1.35 million and can create as much as 50 jobs.

“At times, it’s been a struggle, but I think it was a good thing we waited. There is a good team in place and a good project in place. (Adventure Sports Development & Tundo Construction is) from the local area and they are committed to do the right thing by the community and the site. I think it was worth the wait.”

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