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Saranac Lake board rezones land for veterans treatment center

Saranac Lake Village Board members pose for their official photograph on March 13. From left, front row, are Trustee Elias Pelletieri, Mayor Clyde Rabideau and Trustee John McEneany. From left, standing, are trustees Tom Catillaz and Jeff Branch and Village Manager John Sweeney.

Saranac Lake Village Board members pose for their official photograph on March 13. From left, front row, are Trustee Elias Pelletieri, Mayor Clyde Rabideau and Trustee John McEneany. From left, standing, are trustees Tom Catillaz and Jeff Branch and Village Manager John Sweeney. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— After the hearing, Village Board members voted unanimously to rezone the 1.53 acres from the K2 Zoning District to the L1 Zoning District.

The amendment to the Saranac Lake Zoning Map is subject to the following conditions:

•St. Joseph’s needs to obtain a special use permit from the Planning Board.

•St. Joseph’s needs to obtain the rights to build on the land located within a “paper street” called Abenaki Road.

•St. Joseph’s needs to dedicate the eastern portion of the property, 1.44 acres, as open space.

•St. Joseph’s needs to waive additional building rights on the western portion of the property, limiting the construction to the new treatment facility.

St. Joseph’s currently operates a treatment center on 21.7 acres adjacent to the proposed Veterans Community Residence. The new 9,500-square-foot building would include 24 beds in 12 rooms, plus dining, recreation and office facilities. The program is designed to help veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is one of four centers that have received grant awards for this purpose by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. It will be the only such facility in northern New York and will be exclusively for men. St. Joseph’s will send all female referrals to the Samaritan Village in Ellenville, N.Y.; likewise, the Samaritan Village will send all male referrals to St. Joseph’s.

The Veterans Community Residence will be staffed by 15 full-time and four part-time employees.

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