LAKE GEORGE A proposal to build an eight-story hotel in downtown Lake George is now under consideration by the Lake George Village Zoning Board of Appeals.
The hotel, envisioned as 86 feet tall, is to be a full-service enterprise with banquet facilities. It is proposed for the plot on Canada St. north of Amherst St. that now hosts Giuseppe's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Proposing the development is Dave Kenny, who owns Marine Village across the street from Giuseppe’s, as well as the Inn at Erlowest. He also developed the Adirondack Outlet Mall just south of Lake George.
The hotel is to feature 114 guest rooms —most of them suites.
The application for a variance from the Zoning Board cites that the hotel would boost local commerce.
“(The hotel) would be beneficial to the village because it would attract events and functions which will produce revenue for other businesses in the village,” the application reads. It adds that the development represents progressive planning because the eight-story configuration reduces sprawl by having a limited footprint while accommodating many visitors. The application noted that the hotel would offer easy access to nearby amenities.
The zoning variance is a governmental requirement because the village’s existing regulations limit a hotel’s height, without special permission, to three stories. A variance would also be required from the Adirondack Park Agency.
Guests at the hotel would use a large parking lot that Kenny already owns. Located behind Giuseppe’s, the lot is now operated in a joint temporary agreement, between Kenny and the Village, as a municipal lot.
The site plan and conceptual development drawings were prepared by Rucinski Hall Architecture of Saratoga Springs.
The plans were submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which is scheduled to review the application at a public hearing Sept. 5.
The addition of a 114-room hotel to the downtown streetscape has raised questions with village officials about whether their sewer treatment plant would be overburdened with the extra sewage — In recent years, the plant has been approaching its capacity.
Lake George Mayor Blais noted that the additional plant inflows might reduce the amount of treatment capacity the village now allots for the town’s Caldwell Sewer District, thus limiting development in the town outside village limits.
Blais pledged that the village would hire an engineer to determine the impact of the proposed hotel on the sewer plant.
The village is already upgrading the plant with a $900,000 project that would reduce nitrates in the plants outflows, as well as increase its treatment efficiency.