Town commits to Gaslight Village plan

LAKE GEORGE The Town of Lake George is back in the game, agreeing to fund its portion of the Gaslight Village project. Supervisor Lou Tessier said that the town didnt have enough time to make the original deadline of Sept. 1 to pledge its support. We just couldnt come up with the money that quickly, he said. He said that when the deadline for closing on the property was extended to Dec. 15, the town voted to come up with the $700,000 to partially fund the conservation project planned for the site. Along with the town, the village of Lake George, Warren County, the Lake George Association, the Fund for Lake George and the Lake George Land Conservancy are all planning to help purchase the land, which will prevent storm-water runoff from entering Lake George and create public space for recreation. Were the most important entity, with the equipment to excavate, take down the buildings and the landfill to bring things to, Tessier said. Were pretty satisfied with the plan, but it needs some tweaks, he said. They have a construction road that needs to be moved, and they were talking about closing West Brook Road, but that is a very busy road, that would be a nightmare. Tessier would also like to see the Charleys Club building renovated and used as a community center. We dont have a community center like they do in Johnsburg, he said. That building would be great for things like the Jazz Festival or the community band if it rains. He sees a stage, and possibly some historic exhibits and space for community activities. Nothing commercial, it would be for the community, he said. But whatever happens with that building, were still in with the Gaslight Village plan.

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