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September 15, 2013

NCCC Welcome Center in planning

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SARANAC LAKE —

ON SEPT. 18 AGENDA

Evans said that at the last Planning Board session, a motion put on the table to approve the project, with certain conditions, never moved to a vote.

“It means that the Welcome Center didn’t get approved as it was presented. But it wasn’t disapproved, either. It will be back on the agenda for the next meeting on Sept. 18. It has come down to concerns about how and whether the project fits on the site proposed.”

The site sits along Lake Flower Avenue — between the Sara-Placid Motel and Janie’s for Hair salon —  with commercial enterprises running along the roadside and residential areas behind it. The college is on the hill behind that.

The Welcome Center project would include a road connecting the new building to the main campus. The facility would house the Registrar, Bursar, Admissions and Financial Aid offices.

“The building and parking are all within the commercial district,” Evans said. “The road and part of the parcel that connects to it are zoned residential.

“Generally, the concerns stem from how the project connects with the neighborhood and its compatibility with the neighborhood.”

CHANGES POSSIBLE

Tyrell said strategic planning on the site has been ongoing for about two months.

“At this past meeting, they discussed what their concerns were. We needed clarification on what those concerns meant. We’re working on getting that information now.

“It may mean we have to consider some changes to our proposal.”

The college president said the board has asked for a number of changes throughout the process, and some have been addressed.

“With others, we need further clarification.”

DESIGN

Board members expressed some concern that the building design, as proposed, with an Adirondack-type theme, does not blend with elements of the college’s historic Hodson Hall, Tyrell said.

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