NEW WINDSOR — A hotel proposed for the site of the former Banta’s Steak & Stein on Route 300 took a step forward Wednesday night.

The town Planning Board determined their draft environmental impact statement was complete and ready to circulate for public review.

The hotel could be one of four built in close proximity to one another.

The owners of the adjoining 6.8-acre property, which already has a two-story, 97-room Days Inn, have proposed building two hotels, one on each side of the inn.

The next step for the Banta project will be public hearings, as yet unscheduled, for its site plan and environmental review.

The owners were required to compile an impact statement after the board determined the hotel project could have one or more significant negative effects on the environment.

The Banta hotel, described in Planning Board documents as a “limited service hotel,” would be four stories high and have 93 guest rooms. The existing building would be demolished.

One of the neighboring hotels, proposed by Windsor Hospitality, would be five stories high and have 102 guest rooms, while the other hotel would have four stories and 88 rooms. The smaller hotel would be on the south side of the Days Inn.

Both projects have been in development for years, and Windsor Hospitality previously was approved in 2016. Banta’s owners successfully challenged that in court, on the grounds a full environmental review was not conducted.

The Banta hotel will require a new entrance off Route 300 into the 2.81-acre site. That will need to be approved by the state Department of Transportation.

Banta’s Steak & Stein closed in 2010 after being in business more than 40 years.

mrandall@th-record.com