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Former Ramada hotel may be assisted living center

LAKEGEORGE - A shuttered hotel, for years a landmark accommodation in the area, may reopen in the near future as a facility for the elderly and a health clinic.

The former Ramada Inn - which in 2003 morphed into the Lakeview Hotel - is now being considered to house an 80-bed assisted living home, and perhaps a new satellite health center of Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

Thursday afternoon Feb. 10, Lake George Town Supervisor Frank McCoy and town board member Fran Heinrich attended a meeting with principals of a company seeking to establish such a facility.

Heinrich said the meeting was productive, with participants expressing enthusiasm for the concept and an apparent willingness to tackle the regulatory challenges.

"It's an exciting time for town of Lake George," she said. "The Lakeview Hotel property has been vacant for quite a while, and the site has a beautiful view - it's a perfect spot for seniors."

The group met with representatives of Concordia Senior Communities based in Albany and Melville, NY. Concordia officials could not be reached, and the real estate broker participating in the meeting did not return phone calls.

Heinrich said Concordia officials talked at the meeting of offering an array of amenities, including adult day care, a wellness program and exercise facilities at the proposed assisted living center.

"They presented a lot of ideas," she said.

Town officials proposed to Concordia that Hudson Headwaters could use a portion of the sprawling hotel to site a local health center the town government is seeking to sponsor. Routinely, HHHN's host communities have provided the health care chain buildings and have contributed toward the cost of utilities. McCoy said the presence of Hudson Headwaters directly adjacent to a home for the elderly would be beneficial for all. For over a year, he's been advocating bringing an HHHN satellite center to Lake George.

"The synergy for for putting Hudson Headwaters alongside a new assisted living facility at that site is fantastic," he said. Heinrich said an idea also surfaced to host the Lake George Emergency Squad at the site, as they have outgrown their existing cramped quarters.

HHHN spokesman Howard Nelson confirmed that Hudson Headwaters' development officer Tripp Shannon had met with the town officials, a meeting that occurred just hours after the government brass met with Concordia principals.

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