LAKE GEORGE — The Courtyard Marriott hotel proposed for Canada Street has a new look, and the design’s style, with more of an Adirondack look than the old design had, is closer to what the village Planning Board wants.
“It’s night and day,” said Planning Board Chairman Robert Mastrantoni at a Wednesday night workshop on the Marriott project.
Since developer Dave Kenny met with the Planning Board last month when the members were critical of the design, the color, facade and some of the hotel’s interior configuration has been changed.
Kenny proposed a six-story, 120-room hotel and conference center for the west side of Canada Street, just south of the high school. A recent zoning change allows for buildings of up to six stories in that part of the village, up from three stories previously.
Kenny mentioned Wednesday the possibility of pursuing a certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, for the building, a designation granted by the U.S. Green Building Council.
According to the Marriott website, the Marriott International brand has 13 LEED-certified properties, including two Courtyard Marriott locations.
Wednesday was the second workshop session held on the project, and it was marked by a change in tone among Planning Board members from the first meeting.
Initially, members criticized the design for looking flat and resembling a dormitory, saying the white color didn’t blend in with the surroundings.
A more Adirondack-style design and a more visually interesting facade were among the calls for change coming from Planning Board members last month, calls reflected in the design presented Wednesday.
Planning Board members pointed to the look of the Courtyard Marriott and Hampton Inn hotels in Lake Placid as akin to what they were looking for and aligned with the new village design guidelines.
Kenny said this week, he looked to the design in Lake Placid to influence the hotel’s color scheme.
“It’s more appealing to me,” Mastrantoni said. “It’s more of an Adirondack look and you made a real effort to change what we were looking for.”
The new rendering shows a brown building with a green metal roof and exterior stone at the ground-floor retail level.
Parts of the building jut out farther than others, which Planning Board members said is more visually interesting, and timber detailing accents the roof lines.
The building was reconfigured so at the south end, it’s five stories while it’s six stories at the north end near the high school. At the southern end, the bottom floor will be a restaurant, with two floors of banquet space and two floors of guest rooms above it.
At the northern end, the first floor is retail, with five floors of guest rooms above.
At the highest point, the building will still be 72 feet tall, but the updated design has some height variation at the roof level. From Canada Street, the building will only appear about 63 feet tall, said Jon Lapper, a lawyer who represents Kenny.
“My only concern looking at this now is there are still some of the straight lines going up,” Planning Board member Dan Wolfield said.
Planning Board member Patricia Dow expressed concern the stone at the bottom level makes it look like a different building than the upper stories, and suggested more of an integration.
“It sounds like we’re a lot closer than we were a month ago,” Lapper said. “And you’ve given us some specific things to look at to move toward a submission.”
In addition to obtaining approval from the village Planning Board, the project will need approval from the Adirondack Park Agency. Lapper said the developers would take feedback from Wednesday’s workshop and make some design refinements before submitting the official application to the village.