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Lake George Park Commission building

The Lake George Park Commission office at 75 Fort George Road is set to be torn down and a new one erected in the same location.

LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Park Commission is back on track for getting a new office building.

The commission operates out of a 140-year-old farmhouse at 75 Fort George Road. The plan was to tear down the building and put up a new one with a larger parking lot to accommodate the needs of staff.

The project was supposed to be completed by November 2018, but the farmhouse is laden with asbestos and removal expenses were higher than previously thought. The state granted the commission $200,000 more through the Environmental Protection Fund earlier this year.

Monday, commissioners voted to accept bids on the project; one for KEK Excavators to clear the site and put in a foundation, and another for Peaceful Living Home Sales for the modular building.

David Wick, executive director of the park commission, said Friday the two contracts total $960,000. The bid information will be sent to the state for approval.

If and when the state signs off on the project, the modular building will take between six and eight months to construct. Wick said he hopes the site-clearing and foundation work can be done by late fall.

While the offices will be set, plans for a Lake George Battlefield Visitors Interpretive Center are uncertain.

Wick said there’s no funding at this point for the center, but the park commission is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake George Battlefield Park (Fort George) Alliance on finding money for it.

Lyn Karig Hohmann, president of the alliance, had said her nonprofit organization has preserved key artifacts from archaeological digs on the battlefield. The hope is to exhibit them and include an interactive display about the area’s historical significance as the site of French and Indian War and Revolutionary War battles.

In a phone interview Friday, Karig Hohmann said the alliance is actively working on the visitors interpretive center and the historical presentation, but she’s also waiting for the building and other pieces to come together.

“You’ve got to do one before you do two, two before you do three,” she said.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter

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