PINECROFT - Plans are moving forward to finish a Days Inn hotel near the Pinecroft interchange off I-99, after an agreement was reached between a Pittsburgh bank and Antis Township.
The hotel should open this winter.
Disagreement over a site management agreement stemmed from a July supervisors' board meeting when Sam McCloskey, a managing member of McCloskey Real Estate Group, which will own the hotel, and owner of the contracting company overseeing the construction, told supervisors his bank wanted the township to sign off on a completion certificate.
The certificate would show that all development-plan construction was carried out according to the design footprint, which township solicitor Patrick Fanelli said was above and beyond certifications provided by the township engineering firm.
"It would be to help a developer," Fanelli said. He told supervisors the township was not obligated to comply with the request.
Supervisors asked Fanelli to work out a new agreement with the bank's solicitor, and he reported at an Aug. 1 meeting that he told bank officials the township could not guarantee every step of construction.
Letters signed by township engineers always include a disclaimer to indemnify the township, he said, and say something like "construction was completed satisfactorily to the best of" an engineer's knowledge.
Fanelli did not return calls for comment on the request's progress, but Township Manager Lucas Martsolf said both sides are close to an agreement.
"There was some language in [the original request] we were not comfortable with," he said. "There have been several communications back and forth to satisfy everybody's needs."
It will be ready for supervisors to vote on at their Thursday meeting, he said.
In the meantime, McCloskey said building has continued even while the request hung in limbo.
"We have things resolved," McCloskey said. "We're in the process of solving it."
The request was a minor technicality in a Small Business Administration loan, he said, and other construction delays and slow shipping of additions, like furniture, are what forced him to push back the hotel's opening date.
Originally slated for summer or possibly fall to catch some Penn State football traffic, McCloskey said he's now looking to open in February.