Webb Family Celebrates Future Mayville Resort’s Progress
By Eric Zavinski
MAYVILLE — A luxury condominium resort is on its way to the village along the Chautauqua Lake shore, and more details were shared at a press conference for The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake on Thursday.
Various dignitaries including County Executive George Borrello and village Mayor Marty Bova attended a brief ceremony outlining who helped bring this project to fruition. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2019, and a 2020 opening for the lodge is expected.
“This isn’t something that just happens with one person or even one family,” said Ben Webb, who, along with his family, have been trying to increase tourism along the Mayville Ridge by providing a second home for anyone interested in renting bedrooms in the upcoming resort.
Ben Webb thanked his parents, Jim and Sally Webb, for having put the new facet of their business in motion and for meeting challenges along the way. The Webb family currently operates the Webb’s Captain’s Table restaurant and adjoining candy store.
Borrello and Bova were thanked for moving things in the right direction. Over the past couple years, the Webbs had to alter their plans for the lodge after the Village Zoning Board of Appeals denied 13 of the 15 variance requests. Bova said that getting those approved was the project’s biggest hurdle so far.
“It’s a whole different project, whole different look,” Bova said of the lodge’s transition from a hotel to condominium development.
Bova remembers when the Webb family were originally interested in such a project in the 1990s when planning was put on hold due to construction of Route 394. Jim and Sally Webb enjoyed the area and wanted others to enjoy it too.
“It’s a terrific site on the face of the Earth,” Jim Webb said.
Ben Webb also thanked his wife Amy Webb and members of the project team including Project Director Terry Elsemore, Director of Sales and Marketing Cindy Parran and Sales Representative Nichole Goodman.
“To all of you, thank you very much,” Ben Webb said. “We’re very excited.”
An early ribbon cutting for the lodge was hosted. Sally Webb cut the ribbon at the Discovery Center at the restaurant.
Katrina Fuller, case worker and field representative for Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, presented a certificate to Ben Webb for their work so far on the project.
“I didn’t know if we’d ever get to this stage,” Jim Webb said.
With a boost in advertising this week, the 300 people who have inquired about the lodge has been raised to more than 350. Thirty fully-furnished units consisting of one, two or three bedrooms with kitchens and bathrooms will be provided, along with hands-free property management, valet and bell services, housekeeping and owner concierge.
The lodge will also feature a pool and hot tub, fitness room, a lakeview deck on the top floor and boat club. Elsemore said he wants the condominiums to be a convenient second home for guests. He also noted that some of the people who have expressed interest in the lodge would make the lodge their third residence and that they wouldn’t want to be bothered with management, which the lodge staff will take care of.
A Water Street development, the lodge will provide ownership options beyond merely renting. Traditional year-round fully-deeded ownership will allow residents to enjoy the lodge all year; whereas, fractional ownership will be more cost-effective, allowing for use of an owner’s condominium every sixth week for a total of eight to nine weeks per year. Owners will also have the choice to rent their units out through an optional rental program.
“I think they’re getting some good positive feedback and interest from potential owners,” Bova said.