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Schroon officials hope to expand hamlet

Increased affordable housing could also help Schroon Lake Central School, Friedman said, which as seen a decline in enrollment.

"A desirable result of the Smart Growth initiative would be to have new families with children move into town and help bolster the enrollment at Schroon Lake Central School," he said. "The almost completed comprehensive upgrades to the school prepare the school for any growth that will occur."

Hamlet expansion could also prove to be an economic boost to the community. The expansion could lead to population growth, which could spur retail business. The expansion could also make sewer service to portions of the town's commercial park not currently served.

"What is more important than to preserve the downtown area - the core of the hamlet?" Friedman asked. "The current economy of Schroon Lake can be defined as not much more than subsistence. This plan, which creates a new neighborhood, will help bolster the Main Street business area, the local economy and will be a catalyst for energizing hamlet activities."

The expansion of sewer service would also reduce rates to existing customers, he noted. That sewer expansion would also eliminate a "hot spot" where inadequate sewers border the lake.

Friedman said the hamlet expansion could also help reduce local property taxes.

"This plan should provide well over $10,000,000 in new assessed valuation to the tax rolls of the town of Schroon," he said.

The proposed hamlet expansion would also improve traffic flow in the area and allow for a permanent snowmobile trail that can be used for walking and biking in the non-winter seasons, Friedman noted.

"The town of Schroon has made a serious investment in the comprehensive rebuilding of the town's infrastructure and the table is set for good things to happen," Moses said. "The town's plan will allow our community to retain its balance and optimistically face the future."

People seeking more information can contact Moses at 532-7737 or Email her at cmoses@schroon.net.

The full preliminary narrative can be picked up at town hall or be viewed on the town's website.

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