The Delaware & Hudson hotel, located on Fourth Street in Honesdale, is officially closed, as of Nov. 1.
Steve Putzi, owner of the property, says that the building is available for ground lease.
“The hotel has come a long way and it's an improved product,” he says. “It's a very unique opportunity for new groups that want to be in the area, to lease and take care of it. It's a good opportunity to pass the torch.”
CVS, currently located on Eighth Street, will be moving by the former DSFI building and there will be a lot of property left over for ground lease.
Demolition for this project is set to start within four to six weeks and construction will start within the next couple of months.
“There will be approximately four and a half acres in two sub-divisional parcels on the former DSFI site adjacent to where CVS will be,” Putzi states. “There's also the two acre tract on the Delaware and Hudson hotel. If anybody wants to take advantage, now is the time to act.”
He adds that the hotel has good people.
“The employees do the best they can at providing the services to the best of their ability,” he states. “Now they are waiting for an opportunity.”
Putzi says that the hotel is clean and operational for a variety of things such as medical needs, homeless needs, etc.
“It's good for basically anything,” he says. “This is a very exciting time.”
He says that part of the reason he is passing the torch is because he is working on new ventures.
“I won't stand in the way and be a competitor to anyone who wants to take this opportunity,” he says.
Donna LaBar, Executive Director of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, says that the chamber “doesn't like to see any businesses closing in Wayne County.”
“We hope someone will lease the property soon and get it running again,” she says.