BELMONT – The Allegany County Board of Legislators and Allegany County Industrial Development Agency (ACIDA) formally celebrated the recent construction progress of the new Quicklee’s Travel Center at the Crossroads site on Thursday, March 12, at noon. Following three years of work to develop the Crossroads site, Allegany County and IDA officials marked the successful completion of the Crossroads Waterline Project and commencement of construction on the Quicklee’s Travel Center, projected to open in the fall of 2020.
At the March 12 celebration, representatives from the ACIDA, county government, and Quicklee’s were on hand to offer comments on the Travel Center’s progress, anticipated timeline for completion, and future prospects at the Crossroads Development Site.
The Quicklee’s Travel Center project that was first announced back in August 2019, and construction on the facility has progressed quickly over the past six months. Taking advantage of favorable weather, construction broke ground in December 2019 and has progressed well through the winter months. As exterior “dry-in” work approaches completion, the springtime focus shifts to site work and the interior buildout of the 6,000 sq. ft. structure. The project is anticipated to be complete by mid-summer.
Now that the project is underway, the ACIDA and Quicklee’s Developers’ offered deeper insight into the amenities that will be available to residents and travelers there, including a fueling station, convenience store, and small café (the café is part of a chain operation that has yet to be announced).
“We are proud to introduce Quicklee’s Travel Center to Allegany County,” said Ken Perelli, Vice President of Quicklee’s. “It has been a pleasure working with the ACIDA and county officials. Their guidance and support helped us achieve exceptional progress. We are looking forward to serving the Allegany County community and its visitors later this year.”
“The ACIDA Board of Directors is excited about the investment that the Quicklee’s organization is making in Allegany County,” said Rich Ewell, President of the IDA Board. “They have been excellent to work with, and we are confident that their investment at this site will be the beginning of more development at the Crossroads area. We would like to thank current and past members of our County government for their vision as well as past members of the IDA board who initiated efforts at this important entry point to our County.”
The development of the waterline and the Travel Center support the long-term vision for the Crossroads site, which includes adding a hotel and restaurant to the area in the future – with the addition of a brand name hotel anticipated as soon as next year. Projected benefits of development at the Crossroads site include adding new jobs and increased revenue from sales tax, bed tax, and property taxes for the county.
“One goal of the Crossroads project has always been to take full advantage of the site’s ideal location at the intersection of Route 19 and Interstate-86 in an effort to attract more tourists and travelers to stop within the borders of Allegany County,” said Craig Clark, Executive Director of the ACIDA. “The Quicklee’s Travel Center is the first important step in drawing travelers into our county, supporting our three local colleges and industries, and capturing additional sales tax dollars for the county.”
“Development at the Crossroads has been a priority of the County Legislature for several years and many good people have been part of making it happen,” said Chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, Curt Crandall. “We see this as only the beginning of additional private investment in Allegany County. Congratulations to Quicklee’s Travel Center on another successful location and thank you for choosing Allegany County; your investment has helped to set the tone for continued expansion at the Crossroads.”