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Potsdam hotel scheduled to open late August

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POTSDAM — The village’s first full-sized hotel remains scheduled to open in late August, despite a month’s delay due to severe winter weather.

A large tent covered the construction site at the Hampton Inn, 167 Market St., for about a month during the subzero temperatures last winter.

The snow and cold set the project back about a month, but Charles A. Gaetano II, site superintendent for developer Visions Hotels Inc., Corning, said the company is determined to make up for lost time. The developer intends to finish on schedule and in time for the return of college students in the fall.

“The crews are working later hours at night and on the weekends,” Mr. Gaetano said. “So we should be finishing up around the end of August, beginning of September.”

Mr. Gaetano said his workers used a ground-thawing machine during the winter so they could install underground plumbing and pour the foundation. “If we didn’t put the tent up or done any of that, we’d just be working on putting up the walls now,” he said. “We would have been two months behind schedule.”

Construction of the three-story, 94-room building began in last November after the plan was proposed by Visions Hotels in 2012.

Mr. Gaetano said the crews are working on the roof trusses and plumbing before waterproofing the exterior and installing windows. In three to four weeks, the building should be weather-tight, he said, so the electrical work can be done.

“They’re really pushing to get it done in time because, I guess, people have already been calling to see if it’s up and running,” Mr. Gaetano said.

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