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Steering committee discusses future of Lake George development

Would eight-story hotel change village too much?

Lisa Nagle of Elan Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture holds map of Lake George village during the village’s Lake George Steering Committee meeting on Oct. 23.

Lisa Nagle of Elan Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture holds map of Lake George village during the village’s Lake George Steering Committee meeting on Oct. 23. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Members of the village’s Lake George Steering Committee met at the town offices to discuss the viability of rezoning the village’s commercial district and allowing the construction of an eight-story building on Tuesday, Oct 23.

Although they met to discuss policy and regulations, committee members and residents unearthed the deeper question of where they want the village of Lake George to go in the future.

“The issue before you is how do you want to see the future of Lake George,” said Dave Kenny, who proposed the development of the eight-story hotel in downtown Lake George, during the public comment portion of the meeting. “I’m interested in seeing this town 20 years down the road, and I want to see things better.”

The meeting was the second for the newly appointed committee, which consists of eight members from the village Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Village Board, Lake George Town Board and local residents and business owners. They are Ray Perry, Marisa Muratori, Herbert Weber, Dan Wolfield, John Earl, Dennis Barden, Tom Sullivan, and Chairman of the Steering Committee Ron Mogren.

Lisa Nagle from Elan Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture outlined Adirondack Park guidelines the town would need to consider for a building something more than four stories, or 40 feet high. She also outlined the current zoning regulations.

Issues centered around the village’s water treatment center, parking, and the constant shadow an eight-story building would cast over homes behind the proposed hotel.

The controversial proposal submitted by Kenny comes while the village is studying the water treatment plant. The committee must decide how much of the village’s system the hotel would require.

In an earlier Adirondack Journal report, Lake George Mayor Robert 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.

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