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Lake Placid benefits from public/private partnership

LAKE PLACID It was an unusual place for a press conference, but it was ground zero of hopes to continue Lake Placids hopes to help alleviate its parking problems. Senator Elizabeth Little presented the Village of Lake Placid a check for $18,000 in the towns parking lot on Main Street on Nov. 2. The money was state funding to design a new parking garage. Two local businesses also chipped in to help fund the project. NBT Bank donated $2,500, while Parajax offered $2,000. It is really a public/private partnership. Its the seed money so they have a design, said Little. Jim McKenna, President and CEO of the Lake Placid-Essex County Visitors Bureau, lauded the public collaboration of state government with private business to get the project moving. He said the parking lot was an essential part of Lake Placids future development. This Main Street has provided my livelihood for my entire adult career it was time to give back and support something that was very much needed, said Mary Anne Hawley, owner of Parajax, Inc., operates three Main Street businesses in Lake Placid. Mike Beglin, owner of Lake Placid Jewelers and member of the Central Main Street Planning Committee, hoped that the garage would be constructed around the time the new Adirondack museum, Hilton expansion and Conference Center were underway. Progress happens whether you plan for it or not, so its better to plan for it, said Beglin. The design includes 253 parking spaces for the three-floor parking garage. The entrance would be via a ramp adjacent to proposed Adirondack Museum site. The current site, owned by the village of Lake Placid, offers about 120 parking spaces.

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