WEST HARTFORD — Construction of the Delamar Hotel, situated outside Blue Back Square, should pick up in the next few months with an anticipated opening by spring 2017, according to town officials.
The Delamar Hotel being built at the corner of Memorial and Raymond roads is expected to be a six-story, 111-room luxury hotel — an estimated $30 million project.
"We'll be finishing up a building review and [reviewing] the next set of building permits," West Hartford Community Services Director Mark McGovern. said last week. "Construction is expected to ramp up in the next few months."
McGovern said people paying attention to the hotel's development may have noticed that work on the site has "slowed down." That was due to necessary building review, some proposed changes that needed town council approval and authorizing more building permits, McGoven said.
Charles Mallory, founder and CEO of Greenwich Hospitality Group, one of the partners on the hotel project, said in an email statement that "… steel framing of the hotel is almost complete and the community will start to get a sense of the hotel's shape as we move next to finish the exterior walls."
An early set of plans indicated a target completion date of December 2015 and a target opening of July 2016.
McGovern said some delays are attributed to "minor" design changes — material changes to the façade, window placement, site landscaping and a change in parking that would add three spots.
A red-tailed hawk taking up residence near the structure also added time to the project.
Last spring, a red-tailed hawk made a to-be-removed tree it's home and because the bird is protected under the 1918 federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, development couldn't begin until the bird was moved safely. Ten days after fire officials and naturalists removed the young, sickly bird, and brought it to a wildlife rehabilitation center, the bird died.
Delamar West Hartford LLC is a partnership between Greenwich Hospitality Group, based in Greenwich, and The Matos Group, based in East Hartford, the real estate developer behind Rentschler Field.
In June 2012, the town sought proposals to build a hotel on four acres of town-owned land, and ultimately selected the Delamar application. Plans indicate the 118,892-square-foot luxury hotel will include 111 rooms, a 260-person ballroom, a banquet facility, a 90-seat restaurant and bar, a 70-seat outdoor dining area, 28-seat outdoor café and a spa.
The town offered a lease agreement with an initial term of 50 years, with four renewable terms of a decade each. Base rent for the lease is $150,000 a year, and would increase by 2 percent each year. The agreement also offers a purchase option.
The parcel was a former public works site, and was used to dump fill from Blue Back Square construction. McGovern has said there was "nothing toxic" on the parcel.