APA hosts public info meeting Friday on Lake Flower Resort

SARANAC LAKE — The state Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public information meeting on the proposed Lake Flower Resort and Spa at 10 a.m. Friday at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Representatives of Saranac Lake Resort LLC, with their consultants, will provide an overview of their plan.

Following the presentation, the public will be allowed to comment on the proposal, the agency said in a press release. Public comment will be limited to three minutes.

The project involves replacement of three existing motel structures and the redevelopment of the site with a new 93-room, four-story hotel. The new structure will be approximately 29,000 square feet in footprint with an overall total of approximately 90,000 square feet of floor space.

The proposed hotel will include: restaurants, bar, conference/meeting facilities, indoor/outdoor spa, and an open grassy area/dock area — a portion of which will be semi-public. The height of the proposed hotel will measure approximately 55 feet at its third floor ridgeline and approximately 66 feet at its fourth floor ridgeline, with the highest points of the structure (the top of a proposed turret) measuring approximately 69 feet.

As a structure taller than 40 feet in height, the proposed hotel requires an agency permit as a Class A Regional Project pursuant to Section 810(1)(a)(4) of the Adirondack Park Agency Act. A portion of the proposed project is located within 50 feet of the mean high water mark of Lake Flower and requires a variance from the shoreline setback restrictions in Section 806 of the Adirondack Park Agency Act.

A public hearing regarding the requested shoreline variance will take place after the conclusion of the public informational meeting at 1 p.m.

The public comment period for written comments on the project and the associated variance will remain open until Thursday, Jan. 12.