The big hurry-up

Workers are scrambling feverishly to finish site work at the Diamond Mills boutique hotel, restaurant, and conference center on Partition Street as several large events loom on the horizon.

Scheduled events include an Ulster County Chamber of Commerce mixer (Nov. 29) and the Benedictine Health Foundation’s Winter’s Eve Gala (Dec. 9).

The ribbon-cutting is slated for Dec. 10.

This will be the third grand opening that has been scheduled for the hotel and conference center, whose construction has been hampered by bad weather, and a “too-aggressive time line,” according to Lisa Hantes, director of operations for Diamond Mills.

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The site plan is also undergoing some changes. Representatives of the project will be at the Dec. 14 Village of Saugerties Planning Board meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., to ask for approval for those changes.

The changes include doing away with a plan for a covered walkway between the hotel and the restaurant and reducing a two-tiered parking lot to one tier.

Construction began in January of this year. The project includes a 30-room hotel, 400-seat catering hall, and 100-seat restaurant. It cost approximately $12 million. HITS President Tom Struzzieri owns it.

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