Visual analysis of Lake Flower hotel released

SARANAC LAKE – Seen from the site of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace, the proposed Lake Flower Spa and Resort stands on the shoreline of the lake, with nothing but the treetops visible above it.

From the corner of Lake Flower Avenue and River Street, the hotel’s gray facade and dark Mansard-style roof stretch partway down the road, partially screened in front by a row of trees and a hedge.

Those are two of the four perspectives in a visualization study that’s been completed by North Woods Engineering for the proposed 93-room high-end hotel. Chris LaBarge of Lake Flower Lodging LLC, the company behind the project, provided the Enterprise with a copy of the study on Friday.

The analysis dates to November when two sets of large balloons were floated to mark either end of the proposed hotel, as it was designed then. A bright blue balloon was flown at roughly 60 feet to mark the height of what was the proposed hotel’s then-ridgeline. A yellow spotter balloon was flown at 90 feet to assist in locating the lower balloon.

Pictures were taken at various locations around the area, and an image of the hotel has now been added to several of those photos.

However, the hotel has been redesigned since the balloons were floated. The height of the main portion of the building has been reduced from nearly 60 feet to 49 feet, 6 inches. The hotel has also been reoriented on the site. Instead of a long rectangle that stretched down Lake Flower Avenue, the new design is an L-shape that reduces its frontage on the road. That’s most apparent in one of the images from the study that shows the view from lower Winona Avenue. A balloon can be seen in the image showing where the hotel would have ended before it was redesigned.

The fourth image shows the hotel from Kiwassa Road, across then-partially frozen Lake Flower. The buildings associated with Fogarty’s Lake Flower Marina can be seen to the right of the hotel, with North Country Community College’s River Street Hall prominent to the left and the McKenzie Mountain range visible in the distance above the building.

LaBarge said copies of the visualization study will be provided to the village and the state Adirondack Park Agency, both of which are reviewing the project.