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APA considers 85-unit development in Lake Placid

The state Adirondack Park Agency considered an 85-unit multi-family subdivision in the village of Lake Placid during Thursday's regular monthly meeting.

The project, which staff recommended for approval, expands an existing development of about 20 great camps. The final vote to issue a project permit takes place during the full agency board meeting Friday morning.

The 100-acre subdivision is located just north of the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex on state Route 73.

A local developer called North Country Properties plans to market the multi-family complex known as Rangeview to year-round residents at list prices from $200,000 to $500,000.

The village and town have already approved the project with the condition that the applicants obtain an APA permit.

Since the development will take place in a hamlet, an APA land-use that allows more intensive development, the project is subject to the least amount of APA scrutiny. Projects that involve fewer than 100 units and buildings of 40-feet in height or less do not require an APA permit at all.

But this project exceeds both of those limitations. Including the great camp lots, the Rangeview subdivision has 108 units and 9 buildings over 40-feet in height.

APA spokesman Keith McKeever said the Agency still looks favorably on the project because of its sound ecological design.

"The APA, by design, doesn't have a lot of jurisdiction in a hamlet, this project had some jurisdiction because of the size and the height," he said. "But it was a well-designed project, it's conditioned, and we believe that it's a good project for the community and one that won't have adverse impacts on the community."

The developer plans to build the project in several phases, beginning with improvement and extension of an existing private dirt road and the construction of eight townhouses.

The applicant and lead developer Bernard Dayan said the rest of the units would be completed at a pace consistent with market demand.

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