Permit Process for Winooski Hotel Moves Forward

WINOOSKI, Vt. - The discussion for a hotel in Downtown Winooski has gone on for quite some time.

After two years, the City approved the design for what was originally a Marriott SpringHill Suites Hotel.

Tuesday, it was in the City Council's hands to approve a revised permit for the hotel.

After getting community input, developer Adam Dubroff had to make some changes.

"The building has actually shrunk in terms of height and width," said Dubroff.

He says it's possible because a new hotel chain, 'Tru by Hilton,' allows for smaller rooms. But, you'll still see a seven-story, 97 room hotel right off the Winooski Circle.

"Lot 2 is no longer involved. Lot 2 is owned by the City and is envisioned through the Downtown Master Plan to be public use space," said City Manager Jessie Baker.

Now that the development is all on Lot 9, which is land that the developer owns, the City is no longer a co-applicant on the Act 250 permit.

Dubroff must now move forward with his Act 250 permit request, a process managed by the state. Baker says it's hard to estimate, but could take anywhere from three to nine months for the next step.

Dubroff says, he's still hopeful to break ground this calendar year, and is excited to bring a new development to the Onion City.

"You get to enjoy everything in Winooski. You don't have to get in your car and go somewhere else after you enjoy yourself," said Dubroff.

There are also plans for a restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. There will be more plans to obtain a permit for outdoor seating in the future.


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