It’s good to hear the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s plans for its new conference center are moving ahead — having it sit in limbo was not in the best interest of the Olympic village.
It was not surprising to hear that plans for the conference center, which is being built at the site of the Olympic Center and 1932 Lussi Rink, have been scaled back. Going from the planned 90,000 square feet to 65,00 is not that big a deal.
Getting the center open so that events can be scheduled is a huge deal. Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau president James McKenna said that his office has received inquiries from at least eight groups who wanted to schedule conferences and were turned away. He estimated that this has caused the village to lose $6 million. That’s revenue that would have gone to the local merchants and into the local economy.
Certainly the delays in constructing the conference center have frustrated ORDA and Lake Placid North Elba Visitors Bureau officials. But keeping the project going is crucial.
Now that the plan to continue has been announced, officials must strive to move ahead and not delay the project any further.