With the cut of a ribbon, a project first dreamed of thirteen years ago, finally opened its doors in Stone Harbor.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven on the corner of 96th and 3rd street was opened with the thought of creating a year-round destination in the borough.
"We’re out there selling Stone Harbor as a destination. We are expecting and hoping that the effect on the area businesses will be dramatic," said Managing Director Ron Gorodesky.
The hotel has 37 rooms and can accommodate over two hundred in its ballroom.
Officials say The Reeds has thirty weddings and fifty total events already booked, the majority of which happened while the hotel was just a pile of steel on a vacant lot.
"We’ll introduce people to the town, which is terrific, who have never seen it before. We think that its really going to benefit everyone involved," said Co-owner of the Reeds at Shelter Haven Dr. John Sprandio.
Officials say The Reeds' central location was an important factor. Guests staying at the hotel can walk to area shops and restaurants and help boost Stone Harbor's economy.
"They obviously can't all stay here, so they'll be staying in other properties, they'll hopefully be coming back to do there vacations here, bring their family, and share the wonderful events we have here," said Mayor of Stone Harbor Suzanne Walters.
In addition to the increase in visitors, hotel officials say The Reeds will employee around 150 in the summer and over 70 in the winter months.
Now that guests can enjoy the views, cuisine and location The Reeds has to offer, the hope is the high revenue-generating summer season will be extended as more tourists think of Stone Harbor during the fall and winter.
"Businesses said if the people are here they'll stay open,” said Mayor Walters.
“That's the reason a lot of them close, because nobody is around. Now all the sudden if there is 150 people two or three times a weekend, a lot of the businesses will stay open."
The luxury boutique hotel will also include a seasonal outdoor restaurant and a year-round indoor restaurant open to the public.