SARANAC LAKE — A major hotel project was announced Wednesday for addition to the Lake Flower waterfront.
Proposed by hotel developer Chris LaBarge of Malone and his company, Lake Flower Lodging LLC, the inn would encompass four waterfront lots at the major three-way intersection where Lake Flower Avenue turns west.
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It would occupy the eastern edge of Pontiac Bay.
Earlier this week, LaBarge applied for variances to build on the properties currently occupied by three motels: Lake Flower Inn, Adirondack Motel and Lakeside Motel.
At a press conference Wednesday, it was announced that he has signed contracts to purchase all three properties. The locally owned motels would be demolished to make room for the inn.
Several variances are required, among them approvals for height, parking-lot size and shoreline construction.
The project design needs to gain approvals from the Village of Saranac Lake Zoning Board, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Agency and the State Department of Transportation.
The proposed hotel comes under APA jurisdiction because its height is set at more than 40 feet.
At a press conference Wednesday, it was announced that LaBarge has signed contracts to purchase all three properties.
And all three locally owned motels would be demolished to make room for the inn.
In announcing the development plan, Mayor Clyde Rabideau said the project looks to add a five-story hotel built in the style of the former Riverside Inn of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
That inn once stood where Riverside Park is today, at the western end of Lake Flower Avenue. It also was five stories, including its gabled peaks.
The downtown development would add 90 lodging rooms, a banquet and meeting facility with indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a small, high-end restaurant, according to the mayor.