Visual Impact Study Planned for Riverside Hotel

The public will get its first chance next week to gauge the height of a proposed Lake Flower shoreline hotel. Balloons will be floated over the site of the proposed building as part of a state Adirondack Park Agency-required visual analysis of the project, Malone developer Chris LaBarge told the village Planning Board Wednesday night. The potential visual impact of the nearly 60-foot-tall building continues to spark questions and concerns from planning board members, along with LaBarge’s plan for off-site parking at an already busy village intersection. The board also spent time Wednesday discussing the multi-layered review process for the project under the village’s new Planned Unit Development law and agreed to schedule additional public comment sessions as the process moves forward. 

LaBarge wants to build a 90-room, high-end hotel on the site of three existing Lake Flower Avenue motels he’s under contract to buy: the Lake Flower Inn, the Lakeside Motel and the Adirondack Motel. While there’s a lot of support for the project, the height of the building has been a concern for some planning board members and the public.

Sometime next week, LaBarge said several red, 6-foot-diameter helium balloons will be floated up to 59 feet, 6 inches, at what would be either end of the hotel, representing the height of the proposed building. Orange “spotter” balloons will be floated above the red balloons so the site can be more easily picked out from a distance.

APA staff and village Community Development Director Jeremy Evans have agreed on nine locations from which photographs will be taken of the balloons, LaBarge said. The photos will later be embedded with a three-dimensional model of the hotel so they can be used to gauge the visual impact of the building.

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