Proposed beach pavilion location protested

INDIANLAKE-A proposal was brought before the Indian Lake Zoning Board of Appeals recently that requested a variance for a new building at the Blue Mountain Lake beach on Route 28 and is stirring up some controversy among community members.

The proposal came from the Beach Beautification Committee, a sub-committee of the Blue Mountain Lake Association as a result of the 2009 road project along Route 28.

The proposed building would serve as a beach pavillion, replacing the existing change houses with a facility that includes changing rooms, lifeguard stations and storage capabilites.

Characterized as user-friendly and handicapped accessible, the project was presented to the Indian Lake Town Board during the fall budget process. The project was awarded $10,000 in the town budget and the remaining $25,000 was raised by the beautification committee, according to Indian Lake Supervisor Barry Hutchins.

Concerns are stemming from the location of the proposed building, Hutchins said. Citizens turned out in numbers to the recent zoning board meeting to express their displeasure with the location of the building.

The building would block the views of the mountains and the lake from both the sidewalk along Route 28 and the road itself, according to Indian Lake citizen, Mike Jacobs.

"Our goal is to consider the concerns and look at our options," Hutchins said. " We want to work with the committee, satisfy the majority and move forward on the project."

After the meeting, the committee decided to wait until the snow melts to reevaluate the site for possible alternate locations on the beach.

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