Hotel a possibility for Blue Mt. Lake

BLUE MT. LAKE - A meeting Friday at The Adirondack Museum will discuss design concepts for a hotel here.

The free smart-growth training and implementation workshop for citizens, planning boards and public officials will run from 3-6 p.m. The museum is at 9097 State Route 30 here.

The agenda includes an open house with refreshments, an introduction to the Hamlets 3: Phase 2 project, a presentation of design concepts for a hotel in Blue Mountain Lake, small-group brainstorming and feedback sessions, and whole-group discussion.

The hotel would not be a museum project, although the museum could provide assistance in making land available and designing uniquely Adirondack features, such as exhibits and programs that interpret the region's history for hotel guests.

A report on the workshop's outcomes will be available online afterward.

Hamlets 3: Phase 2 seeks to revitalize hamlets through direct training and examples. The workshop here is one of five planned with hamlets in the Adirondack Park. The others will be in Au Sable Forks, Long Lake, Indian Lake and Caroga Lake.


The workshop here will be led by Roger Trancik, a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and principal of Urban Design Consultants in Ithaca. He is a professor emeritus of landscape architecture and city and regional planning at Cornell University.

Trancik and Urban Design Consultants studied more than 125 Adirondack hamlets in the 1980s, which produced two widely circulated, award-winning publications. "Hamlets 1" described the Adirondack Park's centers of population, services and commerce, as well as their needs for revitalization and investment. "Hamlets 2" outlined strategies for hamlet revitalization using examples of successful projects within the Adirondacks.


The Hamlets 3 team created design concepts for development-project ideas in each of the five selected hamlets, applying smart-growth principles and incorporating community feedback.

The other concepts include flood re-housing in Au Sable Forks, Jennings Pond Park in Long Lake, core improvements in Indian Lake and a new hamlet center in Caroga Lake.

Hamlets 3 designs are intended to spark discussion, and they also will be used as examples in providing smart-growth training.

Other smart-growth training and implementation workshops are scheduled in the area, including:

-- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Caroga Town Hall, 1840 State Hwy. 10, Caroga Lake;

-- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Indian Lake Town Hall, 117 Pelon Rd., Indian Lake; and

-- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Long Lake Central School, 20 School Rd., Long Lake.