Village turns down Sears lot offer

"But, we've drawn a line in the sand and it's a respected line," he said. "People understand where we're at and where Paolo is at. That's the way it goes."

As the board mulled Magro's offer, trustees promised to listen to residents and business owners.

Rabideau says that's exactly what happened.

"Predominantly, the voice we heard was against any kind of deal on the parking lot - we heard that from the general public," he said. "We only heard from three of the downtown merchants. One said, 'take the deal,' the other two said, 'don't take the deal.'"

"It was telling that we didn't have a group of merchants taking a stand either way, which told us we should stand back and let private enterprise take its course," Rabideau added.

With the current deal off the table, Rabideau says the board will continue looking at ways to address the village's "parking situation."

Rabideau says that begins with a basic assessment of available parking downtown.

"Judging from the vacancies that I have noted every single day, every single hour, there are parking spots open," he said.

He adds that trustees will do everything in their power to make sure Saranac Lake's "unique downtown area" remains vibrant and viable.

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