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December 13, 2013

Region chosen as Innovation Hot Spot winner

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PLATTSBURGH —

The trail will run between the Heyworth/Mason Park and Sullivan Sports Park.

Peru Town Supervisor Peter Glushko said it’s a welcome addition to the other funding secured for the project.

He said the town had an excellent team of grant writers who have worked on the project.

“It’s kind of like an early Christmas present,” Glushko said.

Town officials hope to put out a request for bids in January. They would like to have the trail completed by the end of next summer.

Peru also received $30,000 to study expansion of its sewer system.

SCHROON LAKE INN

The Inn on Schroon Lake project received two awards that total $764,000.

Property owner Julia Pitkin-Shantz said she intends to renovate the former Wood’s Lodge property, a Victorian-style building that was built in 1883 but has been vacant since 2006.

“I am incredibly grateful,” she said of the funding. 

The property features 600 feet of lakefront and is only two blocks from Main Street and adjacent to the public beach.

In addition to suites in the lodge, plans call for a new inn with 30 rooms and a lakeside restaurant. 

The state funds will be used for planning, architectural drawings and construction of a foundation to be completed in 2014, which will allow for further construction next winter.

Pitkin-Shantz said that in its heyday, Schroon Lake had numerous options for high-quality lodging; now the main choices are a few smaller bed-and-breakfast properties.

“Schroon Lake needs it so badly,” she said of additional lodging.

The entire process has been very educational and rewarding, Pitkin-Shantz said. 

She said the Regional Economic Development Council is doing a great job for the region.

“It feels like we are one region pulling together,” she said.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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