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Lake George officials: proposed hotel looks boxy, uninspired

The first rendition of the proposed six-story Lake George Marriott hotel was panned Wednesday Sept. 18 by the village planning board for its boxy mass and lack of architectural appeal, and the developers vowed to make changes.

The first rendition of the proposed six-story Lake George Marriott hotel was panned Wednesday Sept. 18 by the village planning board for its boxy mass and lack of architectural appeal, and the developers vowed to make changes. Photo by Thom Randall.

— After architectural drawings of the proposed six-story Marriott hotel were criticized Wednesday Sept. 18 by the village planning board, and the developers of the enterprise vowed to initiate changes to make the hotel more visually appealing.

Developer Dave Kenny announced this summer his intention to build a hotel in downtown Lake George with 120 guest rooms and extensive banquet and conference facilities. Wednesday was a workshop meeting of the board to take a first look at a tentative initial proposal. The hotel plans also must go before the Adirondack Park Agency, and that is expected within weeks.

After other planning board members spent about 30 minutes Wednesday asking developer Dave Kenny about traffic patterns, parking and where a dumpster might be located, Patricia Dow raised the issue of aesthetics. She criticized the long, flat, blank walls and virtually uninterrupted roofline — and how they would not conform to the village’s new architectural standards adopted this spring.

These regulations prohibit the dull, boxy look and call for the use of dormers, parapets, stepped roofs, cornices, plus wall offsets and recesses, which were absent or minimal in the drawings presented Wednesday.

“This is really just a large flat surface — I don’t see it has visual interest, and it’s important to the community to make it look attractive,” Dow said. “Make more of an Adirondack statement and make it a credit to the community, Marriott and you.”

When Kenny debated her points, she produced depictions of the Lake Placid Marriott, which includes multiple planes, recesses, colors, materials, staggered rooflines and other architectural elements.

Dow said that after the Fort William Henry Hotel was built several years ago, she’d heard complaints about its boxy, unimaginative architecture — although it was supposed to have many of the design features of the historic hotel that once stood on the site.

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