Indian Lake looks for "Smart Growth" funding

INDIAN LAKE The issue of Smart Growth took center stage at the Indian Lake Town Boards final meeting of 2007 as the board passed three resolutions in support of the towns DEC Smart Growth grant applications. The 2007 Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program was announced in July by DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis. In partnership with the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of State, the program provides $1 million in direct grants to Adirondack Park communities for the purpose of sustainable development, environmental protection, and community livability programs. The first resolution outlined a grant application for $42,600 seeking financial assistance for the Indian Lake Theatre Project. The grant was developed as a cooperative effort between the Town of Indian Lake and a not-for-profit corporation that intends to purchase the former Lake Theatre property. Plans for the theatre include its reestablishment as a community movie theater, its development as a venue for heritage and theatre productions, and as a space for community and local government gatherings. If awarded, the grant would fund a study to determine community needs, and develop programming for the theatre. This is very exciting to me, commented Supervisor Hutchins, in response to the passage of the theater resolution. I know the Board was excited to hear that a group had formed and was soliciting donations to purchase the theatre. A second resolution seeks $36,470 for the Indian Lake / Blue Mountain Lake Visitor Experience Study. The grant application was submitted in partnership with the Blue Mountain Lake Museum. Its purpose would be to study why people visit the area, what experiences they have upon visiting, and what amenities might be needed in the future to encourage visitors to stay longer. The grant was developed in the interest of adding value to communities such as Indian Lake for the promotion of tourism, and further establishing the area as a vacation destination. They are both great programs, added Hutchins. If they get funded well have some great tools to move forward. The museum study would go hand in hand with the theatre project, particularly the heritage studies. The third resolution seeks a $35,000 grant to fund the Indian Lake Infrastructure Expansion Feasibility Study. If awarded, the grant would be applied toward researching expansion opportunities for the sewer and water districts. Through this effort, the town hopes to determine how best to expand the districts to better accommodate current needs, preserve and protect the local environment, and provide for future development in the town.

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