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Lk. Geo. mayor: New downtown Marriott hotel will boost year-round prosperity

The proposed six-story Marriott Courtyard Hotel, a $16 million development project for downtown Lake George spearheaded by local developer Dave Kenny, would feature full extensive conference space with a large ballroom, four retail stores, an upscale steakhouse, and 120 guest rooms. Plans were unveiled Thursday Aug. 15 as they were presented to the village authorities.

The proposed six-story Marriott Courtyard Hotel, a $16 million development project for downtown Lake George spearheaded by local developer Dave Kenny, would feature full extensive conference space with a large ballroom, four retail stores, an upscale steakhouse, and 120 guest rooms. Plans were unveiled Thursday Aug. 15 as they were presented to the village authorities.

— Kenny said that the hotel would cost between $15 million and $16 million, plus the cost of the fixtures, furnishings and equipment.

Kenny formally submitted the plans to the village Thursday, to be reviewed soon by the planning board. A sketch-plan review by the panel is likely to occur in September, followed by a full site plan review in October. Concurrently, plans will be under examination by the Adirondack Park Agency, which must approve the project for it to go forward. Kenny’s attorney Jonathan Lapper, said such approval might be granted in three to four months.

Kenny said that the Marriott Courtyard would likely be constructed in 2015.

Blais said Marriott was one of the top business chains in the nation, and that the Lake George Marriott would feature the second-largest conference facilities in the region. Kenny noted that the two other conference centers in the region, the Saratoga City Center and The Sagamore in Bolton, were fully booked. He also noted that his Marriott would be the only such facility within a short drive to two separate Northway exits.

Both Blais and Kenny noted that the hotel would be drawing people year-round, not just in the prime two summer months when Lake George accommodations are operating at capacity.

“We want the lights on all down Main Street, October through April — and a conference center like this will obviously do that,” Blais said.

A village resident at the press conference questioned whether the hotel would overburden the village with traffic. Blais immediately voiced a blunt response.

“We love traffic problems in Lake George,” he said.

The resident also asked about whether the hotel should be so close to the local high school.

Kenny responded later that the school is now experiencing a severely declining enrollment which threatens its future, but the dozens of new jobs created could turn the tide, securing the school’s future and its finances.

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