If you judged only by the number of parked cars lining village streets, you may have thought it was mid-summer in Lake George today. The Polar Plunge brought tons of people out in the village earlier today -- despite the frigid weather, organizers estimated 900 people participated in the plunge. Hundreds of spectators were out in the park too.
As it always is in Lake George during the summer, it was a struggle to finding a parking spot. It wasn't quite Americade-level tough, but the back streets were pretty full too. That's the busiest I've ever seen the village during the winter -- when I go up to cover meetings on evenings during the winter months, it's essentially a ghost town.
On another Lake George note, developer Dave Kenny, who is proposing the Courtyard Marriott hotel on Canada Street, will bring his project back to another board in the village next week. The Marriott project, which is planned for 365-375 Canada St., on the west side of the street just south of Lake George High School, is on the village Zoning Board of Appeals meeting agenda.
Kenny is applying for a variance from the part of village code that requires second- and third-floor outdoor areas where food and beverages will be consumed, to be set back at least 10 feet from the public right of way.
Two such outdoor spaces are part of the plans for the Marriott's conference and banquet spaces, and Kenny is requesting no setback.
The Village Board in July approved buildings of up to six stories in some areas of the village, including Kenny's property, paving the way for the hotel project. Because of the new district, Kenny doesn't need a height variance from the ZBA. He met with the village Planning Board a few times in workshop sessions during the fall, and after they criticized the first building design, he returned with a building that had more "Adirondack" appeal.