Developer pulls the plug on proposed hotel/water park project

HANOVER – A long anticipated boon to the Hanover community will be moving elsewhere, according to a letter from local businessman Tony Borrello sent out Tuesday.

In the letter sent to the Hanover Supervisor Todd Johnson and Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Gould Monday, Borrello, the owner of Pro Oil, expressed his frustration with the lack of cooperation from the town.

“We feel that things are being done that are impeding growth to this area,” the letter said.

Borrello had planned a hotel and water park development with a McDonalds and a sit-down restaurant on Beebe Road in Irving with the most recent plans having the project completed this year.

Borrello did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday. In a previous interview with the OBSERVER, Borrello blamed government holdups for a year of delays to the project, which would have played off the tourism in the Sunset Bay area.

In Borrello’s letter he attributed this lack of cooperation for his plans to move the development to another municipality.

“I tried to help the area with a new project, but it has been nothing but headaches dealing with the town of Hanover. You can be sure we will never do another project in the town of Hanover. After a year of constant interference from the building inspector and the town, we give up, we will do our project elsewhere,” the letter said.

Johnson was contacted Tuesday about the letter, which he said he had yet to see. After hearing the letter read, he said the news did not come as a shock.

“To the best of my knowledge, he never submitted the final drawings for the project. As a board, we have welcomed the project with open arms, but until plans are submitted with an architect’s stamp, you don’t have a project,” Johnson said.

In the letter Borrello said he intends to look at the city of Salamanca or other local municipalities for a new location for the development.

Legislator George Borrello was contacted, and although he did not know about the letter, he urged the town of Hanover to work to keep the development in the town.

“I want to urge the town to do whatever it can to work this out,” he said.

Legislator Borrello said he arranged a meeting with Tony Borrello (who is his cousin), his daughter Michelle Borrello-Grisante and Hanover officials in October to discuss the plans for the project. He said at that time the town said it would hire an independent contractor to do building inspections for the project if necessary. Borrello urged the town to stand behind this commitment if it would mean retaining the project in the town.

Below is the full copy of the letter:

This email is to inform (Supervisor) Todd Johnson and the town of Hanover building inspector that I will not be moving forward with the hotel/water park. In order to get a building permit for the new McDonalds being planned for the property next to Tim Horton’s, we will not be moving forward with our plans. We feel that things are being done that are impeding growth to this area. When Tim Horton’s was built on the property, they were treated much differently and were allowed to separate from the other 11.6 acres, but for some reason McDonalds is not receiving the same legal rights.

We are in talks with the city of Salamanca and other nearby cities to move our project there. I have built many projects in many different towns and I have never had this many problems. Pro Oil is located on the border of Sheridan and Hanover and the town of Sheridan has been amazing with us the last 20 years. Since starting this project, the area has lost Petri Baking, Lake Shore hospital and REM-tronics. I tried to help the area with a new project, but it has been nothing but headaches dealing with the town of Hanover. You can be sure we will never do another project in the town of Hanover. After a year of constant interference from the building inspector and the town, we give up, we will do our project elsewhere.

Tony Borrello