TOWN OF RIPLEY, NY (WIVB) – The County Chautauqua Board of Directors (CCIDA) unanimously voted to provide tax incentives for Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores.

According to CCIDA, the project includes the construction of a state-of-the-art, 22,000-square-foot travel center on 16 acres at Shortman Roads 6201 and 6151 in the town of Ripley.

Officials tell News 4 that the travel center will include a supermarket, fuel islands, restaurant, repair center and related services.

Mark Geise, CEO of CCIDA, says this is a great project for the city, region and state.

“This area was looking for a project like this as it would replace the run-down Colonial Hotel at the gateway to our beautiful county and state. In addition to the dozens of jobs created by this facility, Love’s pays taxes, and the Community Host Agreement will provide the City of Ripley with the resources it needs to upgrade its water and sanitation infrastructure. I greet the Family of Love in our region, ”added Geise.

Doug Bowen, City Director of Ripley said, “The Love Project is an important step in Ripley City’s commercial corridor for economic development.”

CCIDA officials say the Love’s will offer services not otherwise available in the area and will work to attract customers from home and abroad.

The CCIDA also says the estimated $ 12 million for this project is expected to bring over $ 30 million in combined regional and state economic benefits.

The new facility is expected to lay the foundation stone in April and be completed by the end of the year.

According to official figures, 100 temporary jobs and more than 40 new permanent jobs will be created.