Hale Mill in Yantic to be converted into boutique hotel

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UK: Plans by a New York developer to convert the historic granite Hale Mill in Yantic into a 151-room hotel has been approved.

Neighbours and city officials have shown their support for a new hotel with a pool, restaurant, business centre and outdoor amenities, including tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground to be developed.

Mill Development LLC of Woodside, N.Y., which purchased the mill for $826,000 on June 1, submitted plans for the hotel this Autumn.

With approval by the Commission on the City Plan, project owners Gadi Ben Hamo and Meyir Chitrit said they will begin construction in spring. Project architect Michael Weisbrod of Crosskey Architects said the group plans to submit applications for federal historic preservation tax credits within the next few weeks.

Project officials stressed the plan to restore as much of the granite and masonry building as possible but said new portions - including a connector between the main mill to an original boiler room and a covered front entrance for patrons - will be distinctly new but with accents that invoke the historic character of the building, Weisbrod said.

Hamo and Chitrit said the hotel will be a boutique hotel under the chain IHG, which owns several hotel brands, including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels.

Hamo and Chitrit said the hotel will be marketed for young travellers, planning weekend getaways or visits to the region's casinos.

Gadi Ben Hamo, said: "That's what we're looking for. We want the young people to bring life to this place."

Norwich public works director Ryan Thompson added the city to the mix, telling the planning commission that the department has been working diligently to restore the historic Sunnyside Bridge, an arched stone bridge over the Yantic River, in the village.

She said: "I'm happy to see it, as a resident and as Public Works director."

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