SCHROON LAKE - Construction of a new $8 million hotel in Schroon Lake could begin this year, as talks are now under way to bring a national chain to state Rte. 9 south of the hamlet.
Roger Friedman, one of the investors in the project, spoke this week about bringing the first accommodation of its type ever to the Schroon Lake community.
"It's no secret we've been discussing a hotel," Friedman said. " It's needed badly in our community."
Joining Friedman in the investment group are his brother, Joel, and David and Jane Kaufman, summer residents of Schroon.
Plans call for approximately 81 rooms and suites, meeting rooms, an indoor pool and fitness center. It's uncertain if there will be a restaurant or other amenities.
Joel Friedman said he and his partners are still discussing which hotel franchise to align with.
"We're looking for a mid-scale property appealing to both the highway traveler and the leisure-destination traveler," he said, noting several studies over 30 years have indicated the need for hotel rooms in Schroon. The Friedmans said they believe a new hotel will be an economic boost to the entire community.
"We need tourism dollars in Schroon Lake," Roger Friedman said, adding that construction could begin as soon as spring or summer.