head predicts Carmel hotel will become reality
Developer Paul Camarda wants
Putnam visitors to no longer travel to greater Danbury
or the Dutchess area for lodging.
Kevin Bailey, president of the non-for-profit Putnam
County Economic Development Corporation agrees and,
before a presentation of the Putnam legislature's Economic
Development Committee, Bailey called the prospect of
a quality hotel "exciting" for the county.
Bailey commended both Carmel officials as well as Camarda
for their work on the project. "The town has the
final say in the matter but if I were a betting man,
I'd wager heavily that this will happen," he told
Legislators Mary Ellen Odell and Sam Oliverio who serve
on the committee with Legislator Robert McGuigan who
It has been more than five years since a referendum
was overwhelming supported by residents of Carmel to
support the plan. Bailey said it would be appropriate
for the hotel to become reality. "After all, the
residents have spoken," he said.
Camarda agreed. In a recent interview, the developer
told the Courier that residents were "eagerly
waiting for this to take place since the proposal
will result in great tax benefits for the commun
ity 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 he was moving forward as rapidly as possible
to make the hotel become reality. "I am hopeful
the town will move forward in a professional manner
within the next few months to allow the project to break
The project exceeds $100 million and includes not only
the hotel but several chain restaurants, offices, the
YMCA as well as market rate senior housing. Camarda
said the project "serves a variety of market needs."
"This is the best of all worlds," said Camarda,
who added: "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 150 room 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 renowned for its five
star hotels worldwide including the Johns Hopkins in
San Francisco and the Barclay Hotel in Manhattan.
Bailey said the hotel was a "no brainer. Residents
of the Town of Carmel voted overwhelmingly in favor
when they authorized the selling of the property
to Paul Camarda."
Putnam Legislator Regina Morinin said the hotel
"must happen. Anyone visiting always winds up
outside of our county in order to receive quality
accommodations. It's a terrible situation in this
day and age but hopefully things will be different
within the next year or two."
Former Carmel Supervisor and recently retired Deputy
County Executive Frank DelCampo called the project "another
step in the right direction. This is a victory
for the entire county since Putnam's economy will
receive a new infusion of business growth. Not
only will jobs be created but Putnam residents
will be able to use the hotel when guests visit.
The conference center and banquet rooms will also
have a tremendous economic impact since local groups
will no longer have to travel out of county for
dinners and convocations," he said.