Demolition of former Howard Johnson halted as contractor awaits payment

A contractor hired by the owner of the former Howard Johnson Restaurant and Motor Lodge off Carrier Circle says they have stopped work as they await payment.

"We've been off site for almost three weeks," said Todd Platten of Crisafulli Trucking, the contractor hired to perform the demolition. "We're doing the work in phases and collecting payment up front. We are awaiting payment for the next phase."

A building and a half remains of the former complex. Demolition began December 2, 2016 after years of setbacks.

"We're not in a position to finance the project ourselves," said Platten.

The Town of DeWitt does not appear to be worried.

"The developer has been out of the country and assures us that he will be paying the contractor to complete the work," said Ed Michalenko, Town of DeWitt Supervisor. "They tell us they will be building those new hotels there."

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Hampshire Hospitality LLC out of Erie, Pennsylvania owns the property. Ashok Patel, who works for parent company Chase Hotel Group helped to negotiate part of the project.

When reached by phone he told CNYCentral he was unaware of the hold up and was no longer involved. We have yet to hear back from Chase Hotel group.

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