MALONE — The Village of Malone Zoning Board of Appeals has granted a variance to the developer of a Microtel Inn and Suites on Finney Boulevard.
Chris LaBarge of CAL Equities LLC was awarded the variance, which changes the property’s designation from residential to commercial to allow the three-story, 63-room hotel to be built at 19 Finney Boulevard, behind Rite Aid Pharmacy.
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He said he could start building as soon as the fall if the other requirements of the project fall into place.
The news comes just a few days before the Malone developer goes before the Saranac Lake Zoning Board on Thursday to obtain variances to build a $15 million to $18 million waterfront project on Lake Flower.
“They are unrelated projects from one another,” LaBarge said of his two hotel plans.
“But we are excited to have the opportunity to help with the lodging infrastructure in the North Country and the Adirondacks.”
MALONE SITE PLAN
He said that as the financing for the Malone project is secured, engineers and architects will be taking two to three months to create a detailed site plan for the hotel. That will be presented to the Planning Board for review to ensure it meets the village’s zoning requirements.
The village’s Code Enforcement Office will also weigh in to ensure it is going to be constructed to meet all state and local building-code standards before a building permit is issued.
$4 MILLION PROJECT
LaBarge, who is a partner in Branch Commercial Development, which owns the Holiday Inn and Suites on Route 11, plans to build the $4 million hotel on a 2-acre parcel he purchased in 2005 that was zoned for commercial use.
But he was denied a building permit by the Code Enforcement Office because the land was zoned residential, forcing him to file for a variance.
He told members of the Board of Appeals during hearings about his request that the general-business-use variance should be granted because a number of businesses are already in operation on all sides of his property.
Board Chairman Darrel Deragon said LaBarge met all of the criteria for the variance, and it won unanimous approval.
“We felt confident that we had met the required tests to the best of our ability,” LaBarge said.
SARANAC LAKE PLAN
As owner of Lake Flower Lodging LLC, his plan in Saranac Lake is to tear down three existing motels to make room for a five-story hotel with an associated banquet room, meeting space, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a restaurant overlooking Lake Flower.
The three properties that would be torn down are the Lake Flower Inn, Adirondack Motel and Lakeside Motel.
The project needs approval from the Saranac Lake Zoning Board, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Agency and the State Department of Transportation.
LaBarge hopes to start construction there in 2014.
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