Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Henkel Project Folds
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
CORNING -- (WENY) People both from Corning and those just visiting the area say they're surprised the Henkel building project has been put on hold. The owner, Matt Hogan, originally had plans to build a hotel in it. WENY-HD News reached out to Hogan to ask him why he had a change of heart; however, he hasn't gotten back to us.
Some of the people around town today say they'd like to see retail clothing shops or new restaurants. They say it's a shame the hotel project is a no go.
Visitor from Bradford County, Mindy Definis feels the same way. She thinks the hotel project would be a good idea if feasible. Otherwise she'd like to see a bed and breakfast.
"Something a little bit more homey from out in the middle of no where, but brought into the city would be very neat," says Definis.
Still business owners in the area, like Pam Weahock of Market Street Coffee and Teaarea are hopeful.
"It would be great for us," says Weachock. "I can't deny that having them come over for coffee and wander the store and that's always good."
The property is listed for $325,000 through Pyramid Brokerage.
Corning Mayor Rich Negri says he didn't see this coming, from his conversations with the owner.
"As far as I knew, the project was ongoing and there were no problems," says Mayor Negri. "His reasoning for canceling the project and wanting to sell is beyond me."
However, Mayor Negri says there are several great opportunities for anyone who wants to buy the property.