APA board to consider Lussis’ waterfront restaurant conversion

RAY BROOK — A project to convert a Lake Placid boathouse-turned-restaurant into waterfront lodging is one of several private permit requests the state Adirondack Park Agency board will consider at its regular monthly meeting Thursday at APA headquarters in Ray Brook.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m., and at 9:30, the Regulatory Programs Committee will discuss three permits:

¯ A 102-acre timber harvest in the town of Waverly, near St. Regis Falls

¯ A single-family dwelling on Upper Saranac Lake that would allow a deck within the shoreline setback.

APA staff has recommended approval of all three permits with conditions

¯ The conversion of a 200-seat restaurant in Lake Placid — the Boathouse, in the former Lake Placid Club boathouse on Mirror Lake — into a three-unit tourist accommodation. The applicant is the property owner, Placid Gold LLC, owned by the family of APA board member Art Lussi.

After lunch, the Park Ecology Committee will hear a presentation from Audubon New York on improving habitat for forest birds.

At 2 p.m., the Park Policy and Planning Committee will review changes to the map of the town of Westport. The applicants are asking the APA to reclassify 29 acres of the of the Westport Country Club from resource management, the APA’s most restrictive private land classification, to hamlet, its least restrictive.

The full agency will convene for final votes at 3 p.m.