Holiday Inn Express Debuts In Peekskill

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Characters from The Wizard of Oz at the grand opening of a Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill.
Characters from The Wizard of Oz at the grand opening of a Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina speaks at the grand opening of the Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill.
Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina speaks at the grand opening of the Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
County Legislator John Testa speaks at the grand opening of the Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill.
County Legislator John Testa speaks at the grand opening of the Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
The ribbon is cut at the Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill.
The ribbon is cut at the Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Folks in the Peekskill area looking for a place to stay just have to follow the yellow brick road.

A $10.4 million Holiday Inn Express and Suites at 2 John Walsh Boulevard had its grand opening on Thursday, July 24. The hotel has a yellow brick road out front in honor of "The Wizard of Oz." Author L. Frank Baum was told to follow a yellow brick road when he arrived in Peekskill to attend Peekskill Military Academy.

Characters from "The Wizard Of Oz" were in costume and sang "Ease On Down The Road" from "The Wiz."

The 76-room hotel is the first platinum LEED (Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design) certified hotel in the Northeast. The property is owned by George Liaskos and managing partner Monika Wojcik and managed by Coakley & Williams Hotel Management Company.

Mayor Frank Catalina said the hotel would bring jobs and tax revenue into the city.

"It gives people a reason to come here," Catalina said. "Peekskill is the gateway to the Hudson Valley. When you make your way up here, now you have a great place to stay. Besides the inn, there was nowhere from here to White Plains for people to stay."

Catalina said if someone stays at the Holiday Inn, he recommends they head downtown and check out Peekskill's many restaurants. The hotel languished for years as it attempted to get funding.

"We are a new administration and we are open for business," Catalina said. "No project will flounder for six or seven years under my watch. You have my word on that."

County Legislator John Testa said this means a lot to the city. The hotel was first proposed when he was mayor of Peekskill in 2007.

"We are getting a property back on the tax rolls," Test said. "This brings a needed service to the region."

Testa said this hotel will allow for baseball tournaments at Peekskill Stadium and will make it easier for families planning events in the city.

"This is a big shot in the arm for the community's economic development," Testa said. "This makes Peekskill more of a destination."

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This is awesome news. The entire Yorick Family loves to stay at quality inns, motels and motor lodges. I'm definitely going to stop by, stay a night or two, use the pool and party with my fellow lodgers. I must say, though, I was a little disturbed by those Wizard of Oz characters. Some weird stuff going on there. Total freaks! Still, as long they're not in my room, I'm cool.

A hotel with the best view of the Hudson Highlands. Congrats to all who made this possible.

A hotel with the best view of the Hudson Highlands. Congrats to all who made this possible.

You propagandist don't give up!!!!....

This is a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations! I recall seeing Mr. Liaskos’ poster board presentation to Mayor Mary Foster and the Common Council on January 28th, 2008, when work session meetings were first televised to the public. Link: http://www.cityofpeekskill.com/videos

The down economy, recession and the disappearance of financing opportunities certainly did not deter Mr. Liaskos in his vision and quest to get this hotel completed in Peekskill. Job well done. Peekskill was always a destination – now folks can sleep over too!

Well said. Now people don't have to drive to Fishkill or Danbury to stay in a decent hotel.

Congratulations to George in his success in opening the hotel. Through his tenacity and with support and assistance from the Foster administration he was able to secure the necessary funding to build and open. Through the dark hours of bank refusals he never have up. Way to go George!

It was a pleasure to be part of your opening day. We wish you much success! https://www.facebook.com/PeekskillJourneytoOZ