Ambulance garage expansion among Review Board non-decisions

LAKE PLACID - Last week's meeting of the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board included the rejections of two proposals because of zoning technicalities.

Representatives from the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service attended the meeting to share plans to upgrade their facilities.

Located on River Street in Lake Placid, the current ambulance facility is approximately 30 years old. Plans include expansion of the garage to provide space for a third vehicle, and creating access to the garage from the building's Mill Pond Drive side.

Ambulance Service officials said they originally sought a move to Uihlein on Old Military Road, but those talks stalled. Instead, a new entrance will be constructed on the River Street side of the building, and inside rooms for decontamination will be added in the basement. The plans also call for a new meeting room on the third floor.

Review Board Chairman Bill Hurley said the plans should "dress up" the Mill Pond Drive entrance. The board praised the project, but stopped short of claiming jurisdiction due to zoning conflicts.

Instead, Hurley recommended the developers go to the Zoning Board of Appeals and apply for the necessary variances, and then seek approval from Code Enforcement Officer Jim Morganson.

In other business, the board opted not to approve Judy Wood's request for a land-use permit at Cunningham's Ski Barn on Main Street. Wood, owner of Wood's Good Food, had sought a temporary vendors permit from the village board for the seasonal hot dog stand.

On June 1, village officials told Wood that, because of a recent rule change, she had to approach the Joint Review Board for permission rather than the village board.

"Basically, the village board has said because the business will be located on private property, it is a matter of land use," Hurley said. "That's why Judy is here."

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