Posted at: 08/15/2013 4:57 PM
| Updated at: 08/15/2013 5:49 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
LAKE GEORGE - It seems Lake George's ship has come in.
To hear Mayor Bob Blais tell it, the hotel and conference center plans unveiled Thursday are the best thing to happen in this resort village in a very long time.
"It's something we have hoped for in Lake George Village for some time and we're going to get it all wrapped up in one beautiful package," said Blais.
The 6-story hotel will be a Courtyard by Marriott with 120 rooms on the third through sixth floors. The first floor will be retail shops and a high-end restaurant. The second floor will be the conference center that can accommodate several hundred. And that's the key says the mayor.
"People that wouldn't ordinarily come to Lake George, but will come because of being connected to a conference and then will go back home and tell everyone how wonderful Lake George is," he said.
It's being built by prominent developer Dave Kenny, who has large, successful projects all over Warren County. Kenny says construction alone will cost 15 to 16 million dollars.
And he expects it will employ about a hundred people, year-round.
"I think it's great for the future of Lake George. When I'm no longer here, I want my kids and children to be able to live and grow in this area," said Kenny.
The hotel and conference center will be just south of Lake George High School. A law office immediately to the south of the school will stay, but most of the rest of the block, including an Indian Restaurant, a pub, and two Italian restaurants, will be torn down.
Bill Manion, the owner of the Irish-themed store a few doors down, says Lake George needs this project.
"I had mixed feelings because I didn't want to see the landscape change or the skyline change, but I think it will definitely help Lake George."
The project is dependent on approvals from the village and the Adirondack Park Association, but the Kenny is confident that will happen and hopes to open in the spring of 2015.