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February 22, 2008

Changes planned at Wawbeek property

HARRIETSTOWN — A slice of property at the former Wawbeek Resort is set to receive a modern rendition of a great camp.

That could require demolition of some of the historic structures on the property.

Dick and Diane Sittig of Malibu, Calif., bought the resort, which is seated on a 40-acre rocky perch above Upper Saranac Lake, from Norm and Nancy Howard last year, closing the historic site to public access.

In a phone interview earlier this week, Mr. Sittig said they are going to build a new vacation home on the property.


Mr. Sittig said they would be taking some buildings down but did not specify which or how many of the 19 structures on the site would be renovated or demolished.

“We’re not that far along in the plans,” he said. “When we submit our plans, that will be clear.”

Some of the structures are in need of “very serious” maintenance, Mr. Sittig said.

“We wanted to design a camp that would fit in the Adirondacks, a modern interpretation of a great camp made of stone and shingles and timbers.”

Site plans filed with the Adirondack Park Agency show a new house sitting where the Wawbeek restaurant currently stands, but Mr. Sitting couldn’t be reached Friday to discuss that.

It is not clear from the architectural renderings what, if anything, of the structures on the property designed by well-known architect William Lincoln Coulter would remain.

The Sittigs have not applied to the Town of Harrietstown for demolition permits.

They have applied for a special permit to build a boathouse, said Angela Lucey, administrative assistant in the Harrietstown Town Planning Office.

“The boat house will be heard by the Review Board next month, on March 25. Any boathouse needs a special permit in the town of Harrietstown,” she said.

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