North Creek: The hidden hamlet

"I am hoping to see some signs of sidewalks and crosswalks in the site plan so people will think to cross Route 28 and come to the downtown - I haven't seen any planned sidewalks yet."

The North Creek Ski Bowl - site of the interconnect project - lies on the opposite side of Route 28 in relation to the business district.

Harvey and numerous other business owners said that at present, signage - which is often illegal - is the only means they have to advertise the hidden community.

"A red light at 28 and 28N would be huge, but I don't have my hopes up," he said.

Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed has said that some form of transportation from the base of the interconnect to the downtown is being researched.

He said there is potential for a shuttle bus running from the ski bowl to the business district.

"Long-term plans include discussion of a gondola running from the ski bowl, over 28 and to the train depot," Harvey said. "But who knows if we will ever see that."

However, the ski bowl shuttle would likely only be effective in the winter months and would do little to usher summer and fall tourists into the community.

"We regularly have people miss us," North Creek Rafting Company co-owner Becky Pelton said. "Last week we had a group go all the way up to Indian Lake looking for North Creek."

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