Camarda seals deal on Carmel hotel
Putnam County Courier
November 1, 2007
Carmel - Putnam County's Donald Trump - developer
Paul Camarda - walked into the Putnam County Office
Building with a check for $741,800.29 in his hand.
Minutes later back taxes were paid on a 183-acre
parcel of land off Route 6 near the Carmel-Southeast
line that will allow for the construction of a $25
million Staybridge Suites 120-room hotel.
Camarda explained during his visit last week to
the Finance Department office the check was for back
taxes on the property because the former owner was
in bankruptcy protected by the Bankruptcy Court. "Because
of this legal maneuver the prior owner was protected
from Putnam taking foreclosure action," he said.
Camarda's check paid all taxes, penalties and interest.
An additional check for $14,000 was written to settle
previous unpaid scholl tax bills.
Camarda sat back and reflected: "It took more
than 11 years for this day to come. It was on Valentine's
Day 1996 when the project was conceived. Now within
the next 60 to 120 days, ground will be broken."
When asked if he thought the day would ever come,
Camarda smiled and replied: "I thought I would
be a much younger man."
Camarda predicted within two years the hotel will
be completed. "Those who said it would never
happen will see a hole in the ground next spring.
The hotel will be built followed by a YMCA, restaurants,
retail, professional offices and some senior housing.
I am delivering after promising the public that I
would deliver after a referendum was approved six
years ago," he said.
Jaral Properties of Garden City, Long Island, will
be constructing the hotel that includes a canopied
entranceway, an elegant stone facade and a two-level
Plans also call for a walkway path over a bridge
to a restaurant along with beautiful plantings.
Camarda wants Putnam visitors to no longer travel
to greater Danbury, southern Dutchess or northern
Westchester for lodging. "The residents spoke
years ago yet it's taken an inordinately long period
of time for the approvals to go through on the local
level," he said.
Camarda said residents were "eagerly waiting
for the construction since the proposal will result
in great tax benefits for the community as well as
a hierarchy of new jobs - hotel managers, catering
directors as well as hotel staff. The hotel will
be a great resource to both local residents and local
businesses which need a hotel in this county."
Camarda said the project "serves a variety
of market needs. The project is the best of both
worlds. We're not talking about a 'vanilla-ice-cream-basic-cookie-cutter'
hotel being stamped out across America. Staybridge
Suites, a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Hotel
chain, is designing the multi-million dollar facility
specifically for Carmel and Putnam county." Guests
will have the opportunity to recline in studios,
one bedroom rooms, two bedroom rooms or suites.
The Intercontinental group is known for its five-star
hotels worldwide including the John Hopkins in San
Francisco and the Barclay Hotel in Manhattan.
Carmel Councilman Robert Ravallo has called the
proposal a "good project. I will do my best
to make sure that it happens. A hotel will come to