LAKE GEORGE -- The Adirondack Park Agency has approved a permit for the six-story hotel and conference center planned for Canada Street in Lake George.
Developer Dave Kenny plans to begin demolition of the buildings there in September.
“We don’t want to go into demolition in the height of the tourism season,” Kenny said. “We’ll probably start sometime in September, but it won’t be heavy until after the (Adirondack Nationals) car show or Columbus Day.”
Kenny said asbestos abatement is already completed.
“We were very pleased to receive unanimous approval from the Adirondack Park Agency last Thursday. All approvals have now been granted for the hotel,” said attorney for the project Jon Lapper.
Lapper said Kenny still needs to apply for a building permit from the county.
“That still requires some detailed drawings for the building permit. That will take a couple of months,” Lapper said. “He plans to be in the ground this fall under construction, but first he’s got to get demolition done, which is a big job.”
Kenny said the APA staff was “very conscientious.”
“I personally found them very good to work with. They were very supportive, the staff at the APA, and they asked a lot of questions,” Kenny said.
Plans call for a 120-room Marriott Courtyard Hotel featuring a restaurant, conference/banquet facilities and retail shops on a site measuring 2.09 acres with frontage on Canada and Ottawa streets. The exterior will be finished in Adirondack style with timber and stone accents and brown and green shades. The roof of the hotel will include a landscaped rooftop garden for limited guest use.
A paved parking area located at the back of the project site off Ottawa Street will be upgraded, including new stormwater components and infrastructure, and the hotel will connect to village water and sewer facilities.
The APA received 65 letters concerning the project — 46 opposing it and 19 supporting it.
Throughout the project’s planning process, opposition from groups including Protect the Adirondacks! and the Lake George Citizens Group voiced fears that the structure is too large and out of character with the rest of the village.
The Lake George Village Board voted last year to rezone portions of the lakeside village, allowing for six-story buildings in some places, including the plot on the west side of Canada Street where the hotel will go.
Opponents also argued it would overload the wastewater treatment plant and create stormwater issues and runoff into Lake George, affecting water quality.
If operating at 100 percent, the Marriott is expected to send 23,680 gallons per day to the wastewater treatment plant, a small percentage of the 250,000 GPD excess capacity of the treatment plant, a figure based on a 2012 study, according to the APA permit. The permit states the village received $2.2 million in funding to improve the efficiency of the municipal wastewater treatment plant, which was flagged for nitrate levels that surpass state standards.
Letters supporting the project, including from Mayor Robert Blais, argued the project could provide more tax base and be a catalyst for new investment and improvements to existing businesses.
Construction costs are estimated at $15 million, and the annual patronage of the hotel is estimated at 109,500 people.
The operation is expected to support 40 full-time jobs and 20 part-time jobs in the hotel and 10 full-time and five part-time employees in the restaurant.