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October 15, 2012

APA approves new Lake Placid building

Lake Placid building, expansion approved

RAY BROOK — Adirondack Park Agency commissioners approved a new building with an expansion on Main St. in Lake Placid.

The original structure, built on Mirror Lake in 1920, was torn down this past summer.

The space sits vacant now at the end of the long row of Main Street shops on the waterfront, facing the the road where Saranac Avenue, Mirror Lake Drive and Main Street converge.

The new three-story building at One Main Street will gain more floor space for Players bar and restaurant, with a new restaurant on the top floor.

Both eateries will open onto decks overlooking Mirror Lake.

The property is owned by Rob Gessner and John T. Nelson, doing business as One Main on the Lake LLC.

VARIANCES NEEDED

The project had already gained approval from the Planning Board of the village and Town of North Elba and from their Zoning Board of Appeals this summer.

But APA variances were needed because the building reaches just above 40 feet as measured in the Park Agency system, which is different than village guidelines.

And construction is just inside the 50-foot setback required for the mean high-water mark on Mirror Lake.

The 3-foot northern extension also looked to close a gap between where the old building stood and an aging retaining wall in the village park.

APA approved all three variances Oct. 11.

STRUCTURAL ISSUES

APA staff planner Colleen Parker presented the project to APA commissioners.

She said the Village Code Office had ordered the old structure be torn down.

In a separate interview, Lake Placid Code Officer Jim Morganson explained that, as the owners looked to remodel, structural issues and rotting wood became evident.

“It had had so many cosmetic improvements over the years that renovation actually threatened the structural integrity,” Morganson said.

APA commissioners considered the replacement project, which had draft approval from APA staff.

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