Groudbreaking for Putnam's first hotel on target
Putnam County Courier
January 31, 2008
CARMEL-Putnam County's first hotel will break ground
around April 1 and that's no joke!
Developer Paul Camarda told the Courier last Friday: "A
lot of people have remained as doubters but we will
break ground this spring. All approvals are in place.
Not it's buttoning up a few issues."
Last fall, Camarda paid more than $740,000 in back
taxes on the 183-acre parcel of land off Route 6
near the Carmel-Southeast line that will be home
to the $25 million Staybridge Suites 120-room hotel.
Camarda reflected: "It took 12 years for this
project to reach fruition. It was on Valentine's
Day 1996 when the project was conceived. Now within
the next 60 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 soon see a hole in the ground. 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 more than
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 façade and a
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.
Camarda has spoken with representatives of Texas
Longhorn Steakhouse, Applebee's and Ruby Tuesday
for possible inclusion in the proposal but he said
restaurants would not commit to the Carmel project
until construction begins on the hotel.