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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.

— “This is a large mass of a building — it’s sort of like a dormitory,” she said of the Marriott hotel proposal. “I’d be ashamed if it were in our village.”

After Dow broke the ice on the subject, other planning board members echoed her point.

“I agree with everything she said,” fellow Planning Board member Dean Howland said, suggesting “bumping out” rooms to provide visual interest. He said that it was important for this hotel, the village’s first large one, to set a precedent with appealing architecture.

Planning Board Chairman Mastrantoni added his thoughts.

“We’re looking for a design with a more Adirondack feel,” he told Kenny, noting that more exposed beams, stonework, varied building materials, contrasting colors and staggered multiple rooflines would create appeal. “It could be more visually intriguing and break up what would otherwise be a huge mass.”

Howland added another comment.

“The design could be more articulated,” he said.

Chuck Luke said the north and south ends of the building were blank and dull.

“This reminds me of someone building a four-bedroom colonial and they ran out of money,” he said, examining a depiction of the hotel’s southern end.

Dow also said she objected to the primarily white exterior, saying it was too stark. She noted that it would be visually prominent not only from downtown, but from the lake — a point that Kenny contested.

Questions were also raised about troublesome traffic prompted by the the development. Planning Board member Chuck Luke expressed concern about traffic snarls on Canada St. as well as on Ottawa St. where the school busses converge at the nearby high school both mornings and mid-afternoon.

Board members suggested prohibiting right-hand turns onto Ottawa St. from the hotel’s rear driveway either during particular weekday hours, or banning them altogether, depending on the findings of a traffic study.

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