SARANAC LAKE - The village wants to create a master plan for its sand pit off of Will Rogers Drive as part of an effort to redevelop the property, which was once sought by Walmart.
At its meeting Monday night, the village Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution hiring the LA Group of Saratoga Springs to develop the master plan for $2,500.
"The purpose of the master plan is to develop a preferred redevelopment plan for the site that has community support and can be used to market the site to potential developers at the appropriate time," a summary of the resolution states.
In an April letter to village Community Development Director Jeremy Evans, which was included in Monday night's village board agenda packet, the LA Group's Jim Martin said the master plan would cover a portion, or about 4 acres, of the 10-acre site. The property is accessed off of Will Rogers Drive, but the village also has a right of way off of Lake Flower Avenue, through a narrow strip of property that runs between Carcuzzi Car Care Center and Agency Insurance.
"Based on our discussion, the LA Group is prepared to develop a concept-level master plan for mixed-use development over a portion of the site," Martin's letter reads. "The site is currently used for mining sand and gravel but this activity will (be) drawing to a close and the village is interested in investigating suitable and productive reuse of the site."
Martin said his company would develop three alternative sketches for the village to review. Based on that discussion, a preferred concept would then be finalized.
The LA Group is currently helping the village develop its new comprehensive plan and land-use code.
The resolution says the $2,500 cost of the sand pit master plan will be paid using funds from a village Community Development account. The funds will be reimbursed using the proceeds from the potential sale or lease of the property, the resolution states.
Walmart had sought the sand pit property in 2006 as part of a plan to build a 121,000-square-foot supercenter in the village. But the company dropped its plans after a 3-2 majority of the village board halted the process of rezoning the property for commercial use.
The Hannaford supermarket chain was also interested in the site in 2009 before opting to open a store in Lake Placid's Cold Brook Plaza.