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Six-story structure, parking garage proposed for Surfside Hotel on Lake George

With a Marriott hotel likely to be built nearby, the owner of the Surfside Hotel in Lake George Village is seeking to build a new six-story building that would incorporate a two-level parking garage with four stories of modern rooms on top. Since the existing zoning code for Surfside’s Commercial Resort zone allows only three-story buildings a maximum of 40 feet high — and no parking garages — Salim Amersi is seeking zoning variances. A hearing on his requests is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 2 at the village hall.

With a Marriott hotel likely to be built nearby, the owner of the Surfside Hotel in Lake George Village is seeking to build a new six-story building that would incorporate a two-level parking garage with four stories of modern rooms on top. Since the existing zoning code for Surfside’s Commercial Resort zone allows only three-story buildings a maximum of 40 feet high — and no parking garages — Salim Amersi is seeking zoning variances. A hearing on his requests is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 2 at the village hall. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “It’s ridiculous for the Zoning Board of Appeals to even consider this proposal,” she said.

Amersi, however said Wednesday that the new six-story structure would not obstruct views for adjacent properties, and that there are no existing views of the lake from Canada Street that would be blocked by the six-story structure.

“No one will lose an existing view of the lake,” he said, noting that the six-story building would also not be visible from people in boats on the lake, due to the angle of view.

Amersi continued that Surfside needed upgraded rooms to continue to be financially viable, particularly considering that a new Marriott Courtyard was likely to be built across the street with 120 new rooms, and other major hotel chains are also seeking to build — and these new developments would cause Surfside to lose market share unless their rooms were upgraded.

“People want modern, larger, top quality rooms,” he said.

And with those new rooms, sufficient on-site parking would be necessary, which meant larger and more spaces to comply with regulations — which would require a two-story parking garage.

“We’re very tight on parking at this point,” he said.

Amersi added that the new building would be modern and include a 25-feet deck on the top two floors, complete with plantings and furnishings.

“It will be a really nice contemporary building with character — and it will be a little bit retro,” he said, noting that the building may pick up some design cues from the hotel’s iconic neon sign, which has been mentioned in various publications for its 1950s chic.

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