For now, Pendragon plans to use future home for office, storage

In August 2019, Pendragon Theatre purchased this building at 56 Woodruff St., Saranac Lake, where it plans to move. (Enterprise photo — Kevin Shea)

SARANAC LAKE — The village Development Board on Tuesday approved a site plan review for office and storage space at the future site of Pendragon Theatre on Woodruff Street.

This site plan review is not the next step in creating the new theater. It’s more of a means for temporary use of the space. Pendragon Theatre board member Allison Studdiford said the theater wants to move the business manager’s office to the new building and also rent out some space for storage to help pay utility bills.

Pendragon would still need another site plan review when they want to get going on the renovations and construction.

The new theater is a top priority when it comes to the village’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds. Of Saranac Lake’s $9.7 million, Pendragon is set to receive $2.5 million. The total cost of the new theater is expected to be $7 million, and by December 2019, Pendragon had already raised half of that through grants.

The current Pendragon Theatre has been at 15 Brandy Brook Ave. for more than three decades.

The property at 56 Woodruff St. is across from Nori’s Village Market. The site was most recently home to the Newman & Holmes glass, paint and flooring business, which closed its doors in May 2017, but a lot of people around here tend to remember the building as an A&P grocery store, which was there for three decades. The theater would use the current building space and make additions as well.