August 7, 2013

Microtel clears first hurdle

MALONE — The Village of Malone Zoning Board of Appeals has granted a variance to the developer of a Microtel Inn and Suites on Finney Boulevard.

Chris LaBarge of CAL Equities LLC was awarded the variance, which changes the property’s designation from residential to commercial to allow the three-story, 63-room hotel to be built at 19 Finney Boulevard, behind Rite Aid Pharmacy.

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He said he could start building as soon as the fall if the other requirements of the project fall into place.


The news comes just a few days before the Malone developer goes before the Saranac Lake Zoning Board on Thursday to obtain variances to build a $15 million to $18 million waterfront project on Lake Flower.

“They are unrelated projects from one another,” LaBarge said of his two hotel plans.

“But we are excited to have the opportunity to help with the lodging infrastructure in the North Country and the Adirondacks.”


He said that as the financing for the Malone project is secured, engineers and architects will be taking two to three months to create a detailed site plan for the hotel. That will be presented to the Planning Board for review to ensure it meets the village’s zoning requirements.

The village’s Code Enforcement Office will also weigh in to ensure it is going to be constructed to meet all state and local building-code standards before a building permit is issued.


LaBarge, who is a partner in Branch Commercial Development, which owns the Holiday Inn and Suites on Route 11, plans to build the $4 million hotel on a 2-acre parcel he purchased in 2005 that was zoned for commercial use.

But he was denied a building permit by the Code Enforcement Office because the land was zoned residential, forcing him to file for a variance.

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