Your stories Q&A: New plan for a former motel in Skaneateles


(WSYR-TV) – The Your Stories team was recently asked about the latest plans for the vacant Bird’s Nest Motel located on E Genesee Street in the town of Skaneateles. We learned that there are big changes in a big redevelopment plan for the property.

The Bird’s Nest Motel has operated for decades. It has been closed for several years. In 2016 developer Rick Moscarito purchased the property. He planned to demolish the motel and build Skaneateles Springs, a tourist destination, with a hotel, spa, restaurant and cottages.

The project was delayed for years. Moscarito said it still depends on improvements to the water pipe in the town of Skaneateles. He said those upgrades had taken years and the project had been affected by the pandemic.

Moscarito said the original plan was scrapped. He said the plan now is to build upscale extended-stay accommodations that will include four buildings and a centralized clubhouse. The development is still in the planning phase.

Moscarito said the new plan is more suited to current needs in Skaneateles and his company Finger Lakes Luxury Vacation Rentals specializes in upscale locations for extended stays.

Moscarito said he doesn’t know when construction will begin. Her company has several other projects she needs to complete before attention turns to transforming the Bird’s Nest Motel.

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