Village representatives holding a big $10 million check
Pendragon Theatre concept design
Pendragon Theatre conceptual design
Concept design for Play ADK
Play ADK conceptual design
redesign of Woodruff St with bike lane and underground utilities
Conceptual redesign for Woodruff St.
tubes floating down a river with a whitewater feature
Rendering of the proposed whitewater park on Saranac River

Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI)

About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative

 

Public Projects Update

 

The Village of Saranac Lake was awarded $4.3 million through the DRI to implement seven pulbic projects.  The seven projects include the following:

Improvements to three parks: Berkeley Green Park, William Morris Park, Ward Plumadore Park.
 
Streetscape improvements in three locations to increase connectivity within the Village: Woodruff Street, Church Street, Main & Broadway Urban Forestry.
 
And an extension of the Riverwalk between Church and Woodruff.

 

Draft Designs for each project were presented at the Open House Event on May 20th.  Click on the links below to view each draft design.

 

Project Overview

Berkeley Green DRAFT Design

Ward Plumadore Park DRAFT Design

William Morris Park DRAFT Design

Church Street & Riverwalk DRAFT Designs

Main St. & Broadway Urban Forestry DRAFT Design

 

DRI Grant Awards

The specific projects to be funded through the DRI include:

 

Create a Series of Linked Gateway Parks: Enhance the pedestrian experience and safety with new amenities at Berkeley Green Park, Ward Plumadore Park, and William Morris Park, and complementary streetscape improvements adjacent to each public space. The new network of upgraded corridors and parks will reinforce the northern and central gateways to Saranac Lake and provide accessible and attractive open spaces downtown.

 

Increase Connectivity between Downtown Destinations: Transform downtown Saranac Lake into a vibrant, walkable community core by increasing connectivity between retail, recreation, and municipal amenities. Four key components are the installation of landscape and safety features on Church Street; redesign of the Dorsey Street parking lot; completion of the Riverwalk; and expansion of the tree canopy along the Broadway and Main retail corridors.

 

Enhance the Woodruff Street Streetscape: Revamp the Woodruff Street corridor from Broadway to Bloomington Avenue as a walkable destination, facilitating its development as a retail and cultural hub. Improvements will include undergrounding utility lines and installing a two-way bicycle lane, new sidewalks, high-visibility crosswalks, trees, pedestrian-scale lighting, and a complementary decorative feature.

 

Develop the Saranac Lake Whitewater Park: Develop a whitewater park to bring new aquatic activities to downtown Saranac Lake and build on the Village's status as a recreation destination. The park will be located on village property along the Saranac River north of the Route 3/LaPan Bridge. ($410,616)

 

Creation of Play ADK: A Children's Museum: Convert a warehouse at 33 Depot Street into a safe, attractive and fascinating children's museum and play center Develop the site of new children's museum/play center into a beautiful park, and improve the warehouse into a safe, attractive and fascinating spatial experience as a giant play-structure which stimulates the imagination and creative spirit of young children and their families. Phase 1 building repairs will include lighting, and safe, convenient access to the warehouse. ($949,378)

 

Create Saranac Lake's First Downtown Brewery: Expand the Bitters & Bones bar and restaurant to incorporate Saranac Lake's first downtown brewery and beer garden, attracting beer, food, and entertainment enthusiasts and contributing to Saranac Lake's nightlife scene. The project will include the creation of additional space for the brewery functions, a new rooftop deck, facade improvements, and the renovation of two apartments. ($381,500)

 

Position the Pendragon Theatre as a Cultural and Community Anchor: Transform an underutilized former paint store at 56 Woodruff Street into a state-of-the-art performance facility for the Pendragon Theatre, anchoring the downtown district. This adaptive reuse project will enable the non-profit to accommodate larger audiences, provide opportunities to showcase local art, and serve as the centerpiece of Saranac Lake's vibrant arts community. ($2,500,000)

 

Rehabilitate the Trudeau Home as the Historic Saranac Lake Museum: Rehabilitate the former home and medical office of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, a seminal figure in the development of tuberculosis treatment, to create a multi-use museum campus at State Route 86 to serve as a gateway attraction driving local tourism. The project will create museum space for exhibits, collections storage, a resource room, and arts and cultural events. ($325,000)

 

Create an Entrepreneurial Business Center (The Carry): Convert an existing commercial space into an entrepreneurial business center, The Carry, to provide emerging businesses with work space, programming, and technical assistance. The Carry will include a flexible and open floor plan, a kitchenette, a conference room, and Wi-Fi access ($400,000)

 

Establish the Energize Downtown Fund: Establish a fund to provide matching grants for building improvements, site upgrades, commercial buildouts, and rent subsidies at commercial and mixed-use properties in the DRI area. ($600,000)

Strategic Investment Plan

The Vision for downttown Saranac Lake, supported by Goals and Strategies, was developed by the DRI Local Planning Committee (LPC) with public input to guide the Strategic Investment Plan priorities and selection of DRI projects.  The Vision captures the community's desire to facilitate the next chapter of Saranac Lake's downtown revitalization journey. 

The Local Planning Committee (LPC), with support from municipal staff and input from the public, developed a strategic investment plan that will achieve the vision and goals for revitalization of the downtown.  The DRI Strategic Investment Plan will catalyze and build on the momentum for revitalization already underway in the community.

 

The LPC with input from the community recommended 19 projects for DRI investment within four categories: Public Improvements, New Development and Rehabilitation of Downtown Buildings, Revolving Loan and Grant Fund, and Branding and Marketing.  10 of these projects were selected by the state for DRI funding and the other projects are eligible to pursue funding through other state programs.

 

Together, these projects will continue the success of this regional downtown destination anchored with cultural and recreational experiences as well as numerous entertainment and restaurant options, supported by creative local entrepreneurs and connected by a network of treelined streets, the Saranac Riverwalk and public spaces that reflect what is unique about downtown Saranac Lake.

 

 

For frequently asked questions about the DRI, visit www.ny.gov/dri.

Updates

Results of the public input collected at the open house event and from the online survey are availble here.

 

Design & Engineering for the public projects funded through the DRI is now in progress. Click here for an overview of the process.

Looking for more information?

NYS Downtown Revitalization Initaitive website