Saranac Lake hotel projects on planning board agenda

SARANAC LAKE – Both major hotel projects in this village will be discussed at tonight’s village Planning Board meeting.

A public hearing will be held on Roedel Companies’ plan for exterior upgrades at the Hotel Saranac, which the New Hampshire-based company bought last year and is in the process of restoring. Some of the outside projects include a two-level, 143-space parking garage, a new roof cornice, a stairway to the front terrace and a new back terrace.

The company also wants to convert Paul Smith’s College’s former Church Street dormitory, located across the parking lot from the hotel, into 20 guest rooms. Roedel Companies is under contract to purchase the dorm from the college.

During the “old business” section of the meeting, the board is scheduled to discuss Lake Flower Lodging’s application for a planned unit development district. The board has to issue an advisory opinion on the zoning change to the village Board of Trustees by mid-October.

Lake Flower Lodging wants to build a 93-unit, four-story upscale hotel and spa on the site of three Lake Flower Avenue motels: the Lake Side Motel, the Adirondack Motel and the Lake Flower Inn. Malone real estate agent and developer Chris LaBarge also wants to use a pair of River Street properties for off-site parking. The project has seen a mix of both support and concern from the public. Nearly 100 people attended the board’s last meeting on the project.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the auditorium of the Harrietstown Town Hall.