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QUEENSBURY — Developer Edward Moore and his Spruce Hospitality Group are moving forward with construction of a 77-room Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott on the east side of Big Boom Road, behind Carl R’s Restaurant.

A building permit application has been filed with the town, and final arrangements for construction are being made, said Tyler Herrick, president of Spruce Hospitality Group, a hotel and restaurant management company Herrick operates in partnership with Zack Moore, son of Edward Moore.

“We don’t have a firm date on when construction will start, but we are moving in that direction,” he said Tuesday, confirming a report from EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew, at the EDC board meeting earlier on Tuesday, that the project is moving forward.

Herrick said he expects to be open for the 2018 tourism season.

“That is our hope,” he said.

The Planning Board approved plans for the hotel, off Northway Exit 18, in spring 2016, but the project was put on hold temporarily after Moore bought The Queensbury Hotel, a historic hotel in downtown Glens Falls, in March 2016.

Herrick is general manager of The Queensbury Hotel as well as president of Spruce Hospitality Group.

Herrick said Spruce Hospitality Group also is in discussion with developer Elizabeth Miller about managing The Park Theater, once renovation of the building on Park Street in downtown Glens Falls is completed.

Miller is renovating the building for a performing arts theater with a restaurant in the basement.

“We haven’t finalized an agreement, but we have been involved on a consulting basis thus far on the project,” Herrick said. “And we are looking into the possibility of being a third-party management group for her.”

“There would be a Park Theater team and myself and my Spruce Hospitality team would be there to manage them and oversee that operation,” he said.

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