Small addition planned for Stewart’s in Saranac Lake

Stewart’s is moving ahead with plans for a small expansion on the west side of the building, seen Wednesday. (Enterprise photo — Jesse Adcock)

SARANAC LAKE — The Stewart’s Shop here is moving forward with plans for a small renovation and landscaping project.

“Primarily we’re here for a 300- or 400-square-foot building addition,” said Chuck Marshall, who manages development and real estate for Stewart’s, “which is just over 8-and-three-quarters feet off what’s the southwest side of the building.”

The addition would be on the side of the building facing Casier Furniture. On the other side of the Bloomingdale Avenue gas station and market, the pressed concrete is planned to be replaced with pressed asphalt. A black aluminum fence would be put up on the perimeter for the asphalt area, and then three trees would be planted along the sidewalk on Depot Street.

Ed Dukett, who owns property behind Stewart’s on Depot Street, said he takes issue with how snow is pressed up against his building.

“They’ve been doing this for years,” Dukett said. To stop them, he said he parked a car in the driveway that separates the two properties. Dukett owns the driveway but has an easement with Stewart’s to allow use by the store.

Marshall said Stewart’s would lose the ability to push snow against Dukett’s building with the renovation. The expansion and necessary relocation of the dumpster would stop a plow from getting through. Marshall said the snow would be removed from against Dukett’s building by Friday.

The board required four conditions to be met for site plan approval: The brick on the building is to remain unpainted, a bent railing on the western boundary of the property needs to be set upright and repainted, the screening around the dumpster needs to be raised, and temporary signage around the property needs to be removed as it violates code.