RIPLEY – A local state Senator applauds a million-dollar travel stop which is expected to break ground this spring in Ripley.
Officials with Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores gave a presentation on the project during the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Board Meeting last week.
The $13 million project is slated to be built on a 16 acre parcel off of Shortman Road, the first stop in New York State on I-90.
New York State Senator George Borrello, who has advocated for developments in that area when he was county executive, says this is a great start to developing the area.
“The vision was, how do we turn this into what it should be, which is the entrance to New York State that we can all be proud of, the folks in Ripley have worked very hard, everyone there has gotten behind the idea of making Ripley into a true destination for people once they enter New York State,” said Borrello. “This Loves Travel site will be the first of hopefully many improvements.”
Borrello says he is still pushing to develop his previously proposed Ripley Gateway Center, which would highlight distinctive products and agricultural goods from the area.
He says post-pandemic he will advocate for funding from the project at a state level.
The Love’s development is expected to create 100 construction jobs and another 43 full-time positions when it opens.
Officials with the development spoke to the IDA, seeking a preliminary agreement for real property tax abatement and a sales and use tax exemption.