We understand that the goal was to have all business downtown or lakeside, but that doesn’t seem very realistic to me and the restrictions were more applicable to a large city. Everyone is supportive of the re-growth of downtown Ticonderoga, but why isn’t it good for the area to have a small country store or a canoe/kayak rental or a bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Main Street. Look at Vermont. Their towns are thriving and there are lots of businesses and restaurants outside of Main Street. It is part of the charm of small town USA.
I personally thought Mr. (Alex) Levitch was a visionary and had the best interest of the town when he formed TRA (Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance), and I hope that the present leadership can modify their vision for Ticonderoga to appeal to everyone – not a select few. I appreciate the changes and upgrades that have been made and I think that Ti Main Street Project (Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership) and PRIDE of Ticonderoga have been the building blocks for the town for several years.
There are many problems facing Ticonderoga and so it is too bad that so much time and treasure were spent on this less than viable zoning plan. I am very appreciative that the present town councilmen allowed democracy to work and respected the voice of the people. I would suggest that Supervisor Malaney refrain from making assumptions about those of us who do not happen to agree with her and Mr. Major. I will just say, “You don’t know us at all.”
Lois Gunning, Ticonderoga