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Longtime Salina hotel to lay off 123 workers and turn building into luxury senior housing

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SALINA, NY — A longtime hotel in Salina is being sold to a buyer planning to transform it into luxury housing for people 55 and older.

After 60 years of operation at 441 Electronics Parkway, the Ramada by Wyndham will close on December 22, leaving all 123 employees, many of whom are union members, out of work.

Until last year, the hotel was a Holiday Inn and will be transformed into luxury senior apartments with facilities such as a restaurant serving three meals a day to residents, a hair salon, a barber shop and a retail store, according to town supervisor Nick Palo. said Mr. The rent has not been disclosed, he said.

The closure means the loss of one of the Syracuse area’s last full-service hotels and multiple ballrooms that have hosted countless weddings, business events, union meetings and conventions over the years.

Since the hotel opened as Randolph House in 1962, its central location across the state from Exit 37 of the State Thruway has made it a popular venue for events held by organizations across the state. I’m here. to reachIt was the headquarters hotel for a long time Syracuse Nationalsthe largest auto show in the Northeast.

First Republic Corp. of America is a New York City-based real estate and hotel company that has owned hotels since they were built in the early 1960s. The hotel is now sold. notified the country of planned layoffs. The transaction is expected to close soon.

The buyer has not been publicly identified, but Paro said he met with representatives of the architecture and engineering firm working on plans to transform the hotel into senior housing.

The Salina Town Board has scheduled a hearing on the project on October 11th at 6:30 pm. A representative of the purchaser will be present.

Paro said the buyer is asking the board to modify the zoning of the site to allow for both residential and commercial use.

According to county property records, the Ramada has 197 rooms. Palo said the units will be combined so that senior housing will have about half that number of apartments.

The sale includes Staybridge Suites, a 123-room extended-stay hotel at the rear of the property. Paro said Staybridge will continue to operate as a hotel.

A man who answered the phone Wednesday at the First Republic office in New York City said no one was available for comment.

Ramada General Manager Victor Nelson has confirmed that the hotel will cease operations on December 22nd. He said he had no information about the buyer’s plans for the property.

Paro said he plans to ask buyers to give hotel employees their first jobs in senior housing.

Anne-Marie Tarielcio is President of UNITEHERE Local 150, which represents approximately 75 of the hotel’s 123 employees. She says many of the workers are longtime employees, some of whom have been with the hotel for over 40 years.

“Obviously, this is devastating to people who have worked there their entire careers,” she said.

Despite the longevity of much of the workforce, not all workers are in a position to retire and many will need to find other jobs, she said.

She said the hotel sale surprised her because hotel business had grown this year to levels close to pre-pandemic levels.

“It’s a shame because that hotel has always run well,” she said.

The First Republic did not say so, but Paro said the company was at least partially motivated by the sale. Interstate 81 Project About the hotel industry in Salina.

The state plans to demolish an aging elevated section of highway through downtown Syracuse and replace it with a ground-level boulevard. Through traffic is redirected around the city using Interstate 481, a loop that bypasses Salina. Paro and hotel management in town have criticized the state’s decision.

Taliercio said it does not believe the sale is related to the I-81 project. She said it was likely driven by a desire to consolidate properties that had been owned by the former First Republic owners for decades.

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