Downtown hotel making progress

Winters is getting a new hotel downtown — Hotel Winters broke ground May 4, and foundation work began last week. Winters hasn’t had a hotel in decades, and the new hotel will be a boon for local business and a wonderful amenity for visitors.

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Although the ceremonial groundbreaking for Hotel Winters was May 4, the actual groundbreaking took place last week, with visible progress being made every day.

Civil and foundation work for Hotel Winters is well underway on the block of Abbey Street between Railroad Avenue and First Street. The City is awaiting submittal of the building plans, which are expected to be submitted this week. Those plans will then go to the City’s contract plan check company, where it will take four to six weeks to review.

Once building plans are approved, construction will begin. Areas needing amending or correction are usually identified during this initial plan check. If changes are needed, the project architect would revise the plans to address these issues and then submit revised plans.

About the hotel

Hotel Winters will have 73 rooms, none of which will be on the ground floor. The first floor consists of a 2,350 square foot conference area, another 2,000 square foot meeting space, and “breakout areas.” There will be an additional 12,000 square feet of commercial space, which consists of 5,000 square feet for a restaurant and 7,000 square feet for commercial space for rent.

The only on-site parking for the hotel will be the former parking lot for City Hall, located on First Street between Main and Abbey Streets, and will accommodate an expected 34 spaces. Additional parking for the hotel will be created with diagonal parking on Abbey Street and Railroad Avenue in front of the hotel, creating an expected 12 parking spaces. All other parking will be accommodated as available on local streets or parking lots.

The project developer is of AKM Railroad LLC.



Photo by Debra DeAngelo


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