Plans for a slopeside hotel at Montage Mountain Resorts continue to move forward as co-owner Charles Jefferson announced that Philadelphia-based DAS Architects had been hired to design a model for the property.
In addition to 150 guest rooms and a 9,750 square foot conference and event center, the Montage Mountain Hotel & Conference Center will include a rooftop bar and restaurant, swimming pool and full-service spa, said Jefferson. The location of the hotel will allow visitors to ski and have direct access to the slopes.
Jefferson estimates the construction will cost about $45 million.
He said three design and location concepts were considered this month before the group decided on the plan to implement.
“We’re moving forward and we’re going to start going deeper into the design development,” Jefferson said. “It will probably take six to eight weeks and then we will continue to get the approvals we need.”
Jefferson expects the bidding process for construction to take place by the end of the year and hopes to have all financing for the project in place by the first quarter of 2023, when a breakthrough date can be fixed.
He plans to open the hotel by fall or winter 2024.
“Now it’s about designing what the rooms look like and where the amenities will go,” Jefferson said.
Although supply chain and delivery issues have delayed the process a bit, Jefferson is happy with the current status of the project.
“It was a bit slower at first,” he said. “I would have liked to get past the phase we’re in right now, but we have a great design and a great architect, so I think it’s worth it.”
Bob Durkin, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, pointed to the upcoming closure of Genetti Manor in Dickson City for magnifying the need for additional event space in the area.
“The idea of a brand new, high quality dining facility with a hotel and all the other amenities sounds like a fantastic opportunity for the community,” he said.
Durkin also believes the new hotel will be an asset to the evolution of the local hotel scene.
“The tourism industry in northeast Pennsylvania as a whole has been extremely strong, especially in Monroe County,” he said. “Add to that the prospect of having the Amtrak connection to downtown Scranton and all the other quality-of-life amenities and attractions, and it’s clearly a nice complement to the resources already in the market.”