QUEENSBURY - Lake George Supervisor Frank McCoy unveiled plans Monday to extensively rehabilitate Cavalcade of Cars building's exterior with a new Adirondack-style architecture rather than patch up the aging facade that resembles a mock streetscape of row shops at the former Gaslight Village amusement park.
The initiative, announced Monday at a meeting of Warren County Supervisors, was met by skepticism from Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais, who presented his own proposal to partially or totally demolish the Cavalcade structure. Others envision the building being reconstructed to host trade shows and community events.
Blais' latest initiative, also presented at the county meeting Monday, would replace the building with an open-sided pavilion, perhaps with convertible doors.
Monday evening, the Lake George Town Board voted unanimously to reject Blais' proposal, which would have decided the extent of demolition based on a professional engineering study of the building - the fourth to be conducted. The town board members said no more studies should be undertaken.
McCoy's plan showed several, two-story glassed-in towers for Cavalcade, capped off with Mansard green enameled metal roofs with Adirondack-style decorative trusses and a full wrap-around porch.
On the east side of the building, a large glass expanse would provide visitors views of the lake.
McCoy said he had casual estimates from builders indicating it would cost $250,000. Board member Vinnie Crocitto estimated it could be paid off in 10 years with $60,0000 annual payment from bed tax receipts.
Town Board member Fran Heinrich said McCoy's drawings, prepared last week by local designer Judd Brynes, were "absolutely gorgeous," but warned that she'd be withholding an affirmative vote on the plans until firm cost estimates were obtained. Councilman Scott Wood also said construction prices were needed.
Blais' primary suggestion was to demolish the existing steel-truss structure and build a brand-new pavilion on the same site with a mere $295,000 in state grant funds. Detractors said that environmental review was likely to kill new construction at the site, while rehabilitating the existing building would bypass such a process.