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Now is time for Fawn Ridge demolition

September 12, 2011
Lake Placid News
To the editor,

It is good to read news of the new hotel to be built in the village, on the site of the old winter games dormitory. 

Congratulations to all who have worked to get this project started.  The issue initially causing delay, that of building height, was carefully reviewed, discussed and apparently resolved.

With the demolition permit out of the way, the necessary first step for the Mirror Lake Drive project, maybe it is time for North Elba’s building department to turn to the matter of the demolition that should be permitted on Algonquin Drive in Fawn Ridge.

For five long years the neighboring property owners, as well as lakeshore property owners with the project in its viewscape, have watched the hulk of the Spiegel project wither and decay. The vacation rental properties in Fawn Ridge bring many dozens of visiting families to our area each year, and many look on the stalled project with wonder. “Why does this have to remain,” they ask, “cannot the neighbors do something?” 

No, the neighbors cannot do anything. But the town of North Elba can. The building department should admit its mistake and issue a demolition permit for the stopped project’s teardown. The permit is alleged to be the roadblock to moving this matter forward. Let’s get it behind us. What, exactly, is gained by the town, in standing between opposing parties that are hopelessly deadlocked? 

The weathered hulk brings too much attention to a sad episode of mistakes, bruised egos and excessive litigation.  Meanwhile, the neighbors, along with the vacationing visitors, ask, “Why?”

Gene Davis

Lake Placid


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