Proponents of demolition have argued that the Cavalcade building is obsolete and interferes with the purpose of the park, which is envisioned to host walkways, outdoor festivals while purifying stormwater through a series of wetlands. They also have contended that reconstruction and maintenance costs, shouldered by local taxpayers, would not be recovered by rental fees or boosted sales tax receipts.
Others, including leading business owners, Chamber of Commerce leaders, local tourism officials, Lake George town council members and leaders of about half the upcounty towns, have contended the building is a viable venue for trade shows and events as well as weddings and community functions. The rehabilitated building would boost the local economy, they have said.
Business leaders at Friday's meeting continued to voice support of saving the building, which features a steel superstructure and a solid concrete pad, which would cost far more at a later date to replace. They've also contended that while renovation is now legally viable, changing environmental statutes might block new construction on the site.