Dewey Ski Lodge Becoming a Reality

Dewey Mountain Cross Country Ski Center is one step closer to their goal of building a brand new ski lodge.. That’s because the Town of Harrietstown has agreed to move forward with their support of the project.. Harrietstown Councilman Ron Keough Says the town is ultimately responsible for the property and wanted to move forward on a new building rather than trying to continue to fix the old lodge while they considered where to find funds for a new facility. They had been holding off to see if a grant would come through for Friends of Dewey Mountain but there’s been a lot of competition for grant money in Saranac Lake this year, with $5 Million headed to the Hotel Saranac Renovation and another $2 Million to support the Lake Flower Lodging Project… Add to that a $35 Million Dollar prize for Dr Ronald Goldfarb at the Trudeau Institute and Tony Collins at Clarkson University…  Harrietstown Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua tells us the current lodge at Dewey is in less than desirable shape and tearing it down and building a new lodge will be more cost effective and while it’s not the Taj-Ma-Hall the new lodge will provide Friends of Dewey Mountain with everything they need in a Ski Lodge. “We wanted to see the board give the concept of providing the financial backing to the Dewey Mountain Lodge Project before they made any public announcement of their intention,” Bevilacqua said, “and  Friends of Dewey Mountain has a good plan and a good design already in place for the new construction..”

AUDIO – 011014 – Town of Harrietstown to Provide Financial Backing for Dewey Mountain Ski Lodge

Councilman Keough says the next step will be to invite Friends of Dewey Mountain to a future meeting of the Town board to present their plans, cost figures, the whole nine yards so that the board can consider a bond to finance the balance of the project.

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