SARATOGA SPRINGS — At the Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting on June 25, Lake Local at 550 Union Ave. sought proposed demolition, construction and expansion of the restaurant, construction of 10-room bed and breakfast, 25-room inn, conversion of existing detached garage to an inn building, maintenance and expansion of the board shop and associated site work including maintenance and expansion of the parking area. The new proposed restaurant will seat 298.
To these proposals, the ZBA decided there are no significant countywide or inter-community impact.
The submitting applicant is 550 LLC., John Haynes located at 142 Grand Ave. in Saratoga Springs. Phinney Design Group, is at this location. The architectural design group has worked on Saratoga National Golf Club, the Yaddo Studios, various locations across the Saratoga Race Course, the Infomrz Marketing office as well as the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.
In a letter to the ZBA from a concerned homeowner that also lives on Union Ave. and attended the meeting said, “Your department failed to notify me via mail in an appropriate amount of time to respond for use variance within 250 feet of the Lake Local Application. For that matter, probably more need to be notified as well that fall in the required 250-foot distance. And according to your rules, if certificates of mailing are not presented prior to the hearing, the hearing will be canceled.”
The homeowner’s concerns also regard “ongoing speeding issues” on Union Avenue and County Route 9P and the impact of safety of the area, noise issues from a proposed small amphitheater, the impact of soil removal for existing structures and erosion. According to the homeowner, the overall density of the entire project is of note as well.
More proposed plans will be considered by the ZBA at a later date upon referral from the city planning board for Special Use Permit and Site Plan Review.
On April 29, Lake Local, a widely known lakeside restaurant, extremely popular in the summer known for its pub-fare and lake views suffered from a reported electrical fire and was unable to repair the damages. In a Facebook status the restaurant shared: “We are saddened to announce that the damage to the building was severe and we are unsure when we will be able to reopen at this time. We will keep everyone posted as we get more details but we are working hard to get up and running as soon as we can.”
Shortly after the fire, Lake Local held a fundraiser to raise money for staff that had lost their jobs due the fire.