SARANAC LAKE — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced which proposals would be funded as part of Saranac Lake’s $9.7 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award.

State officials picked 10 projects from 19 submitted by the Local Planning Committee in March. They include the relocation of the Pendragon Theatre, the creation of the Play ADK children’s museum, the expansion of Bitters & Bones to accommodate a brewery and beer garden, the establishment of a downtown shared office center, plus public-sector improvements to several local parks and streets.

Dozens of residents, local officials and business owners gathered at Berkeley Green Thursday morning under clear skies to hear which projects would receive funding. The sun shone brightly across the small patch of greenery as people milled around, chatting excitedly amongst themselves in the lead-up to Hochul’s announcement. The commotion drew a handful of onlookers, one of whom stopped and watched the crowd for a moment before asking reporters what was happening.

“I’m here to declare that we are on the cusp of greatness in this community, and it’s starting here today with these projects,” Hochul said.

“This is going to have a wow factor, an impact in a very short period of time, all at once. I’m here to tell you, in the next three to four years, this community will be taken to new heights because of the $10 million we’re talking about today.

Originally published: Adirondack Daily Enterprise | July 25, 2019
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