ECCCA Height Variance for Hotel Approved

- April 8, 2014 - The Erie County Convention Center Authority gets the approval they needed today to continue to move forward with plans for the proposed hotel.

Jeff Kidder from KidderWachter Architecture and Design along with Denver based architect Lee Sterrett went before the zoning hearing board today asking for an 11ft. variance, increasing it from the maximum building height of 50ft. to 61ft.

The waterfront building height has been at 50ft. since the waterfront district was created in the city.

The $30 million hotel will be four levels with 50 rooms per floor and will be built just west of the convention center.

The argument for the height variance is that the hotel is only to be built on the convention center authority’s existing land that the architects say isn't large enough without extending onto the GAF property -- that's why they're building up.

The Convention Center Authority also asked for a variance when they built the Sheraton Hotel -- the hotel stands at 110ft.

Up next, they have to go to the design review committee, the planning commission and they hope to be in front of city council in July.

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