Iconic Water Slide World in Lake George Has a Buyer-Build You Bet!
If you grew up in this area, when you hear someone talking about Water Slide World you immediately think of the jingle. Although there was always a debate about what the last line was, "...I really love the way you feeeel", one thing was for sure, when that iconic water park closed, we all lost a little bit of our childhood. Now the Town of Lake George has a buyer. What will they do with it?
What Will They Do With The Old Water Slide World?
It's disappointing news if you thought that the new buyer would reopen Water Slide World. The buyer is hoping to build on the land. They want to put up a "high-impact mixed-use development". That means an apartment complex with about sixty units and other amenities on the property according to the Glens Falls Chronicle. It would be used as year-round monthly rentals. Town officials say it's a much-needed development in Lake George.
A New Wave of Development Gets the Green Light
In the last few years, the Town of Lake George has revamped regulations and zoning in order to allow for development, especially along the Route 9 corridor.
Their hope is that they can accommodate year-round residents and not just the seasonal population that uses Lake George. There is another property nearby that the developer is hoping to get approval to build a ninety-nine-unit apartment complex along with commercial space. It is the old Ramada property off of Exit 19 of the Northway.
Lake George is Thinking Long-Term
Dan Barusch, the Director of Lake George's Town Planning and Zoning said that if the Water Slide World project goes through it would be the largest project Lake George has ever seen. He goes on to say how important it is to build permanent housing in the area.
We want to drive up housing and rental stock, to enhance the community character, and really make this a year-round community. The town is growing, and we are looking to grow it responsibly. We want people to move here, families and kids, offices, health care, and places to work year-round. In a matter of 20 years, Route 9 could look quite different.