New Design for Saranac Lake Resort and Spa

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Architect’s rendering: View from Kiwassa Road on Flower Lake. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

The company that wants to build a controversial upscale waterfront hotel in the village of Saranac Lake has redesigned it.

Lake Flower Lodging reoriented the building to the lakeside site and reduced its height by approximately 12 feet. The changes come in response to concerns raised by village residents and members of the Saranac Lake Planning Board.

But some are still unconvinced that the Lake Flower Spa and Resort is right for the community.

The company’s previous plan called for a four-story, nearly 60-foot-tall rectangular hotel spanning three motel properties on Lake Flower Avenue.

But some local residents said the building was too tall and would block people’s view of the lake; others called the rectangular design “monolithic”.

Architect's rendering: View of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace.  Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

Architect’s rendering: View of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

Developer Chris LaBarge, who declined to speak on tape, said the new plan addresses those concerns.

Under the new design, the hotel has an L-shape, reducing part of its facade on Lake Flower Avenue. The height of the main part of the building was reduced to 47 feet.

The new design features Victorian-style architecture with multiple covered porches and projecting sections. Most of the hotel would still be four stories, although a section that runs along the road would be three stories.

Architect's rendering: View from Lake Flower Avenue.  Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

Architect’s rendering: View from Lake Flower Avenue. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

Public reaction to the new design was mixed. Some praised the developer for being responsive to community concerns and lowering the height of the building, while others said the hotel was still too tall for the three-acre site on the lake. Some have described the architectural style as “generic”, “bland”, and not quite “Adirondack-y”.

The revised design was included in a formal request LaBarge submitted to the village on Friday for a zoning change requested by his company.

The Adirondack Park Agency also has jurisdiction over the project because the hotel would be taller than 40 feet and would require a waiver of the agency’s shoreline setback requirements.

The agency received an application from Lake Flower Lodging last week and is currently reviewing it to determine if it is complete.

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