The Community Development Department is responsible for a diverse set of programs that help make Saranac Lake a special place for locals to live and a remarkable place for visitors.
The Community Development Department works to drive economic prosperity and improve the quality of life for Village residents by identifying and pursuing state and federal funding for economic development, recreation, housing, public facilities, infrastructure and community planning projects. We work with the community to improve social and economic conditions to create a dynamic, prosperous and livable village.
Working with various local organizations, the Department provides business relocation and expansion assistance and implements the Saranac Lake Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The Department is responsible for identifying and seeking grant funds from private, local and federal sources and administering grants that are received.
The Community Development Department plans, develops, and implements programs and activities that meet identified needs in the community. The Department is responsible for identifying and seeking grant funds from private, local and federal sources and administering grants that are received.
Energize Downtown Fund Accepting Applications through Feb. 28th
The Energize Downtown Fund provides matching grant funds to commercial and mixed-use properties in the Saranac Lake DRI target area. Property owners, business owners, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funds for interior and exterior building improvements, site upgrades and enhancements and commercial rent assistance. The application and guidelines can be found here. Contact Jamie Konkoski if you have any questions.
Walk Friendly Community Silver Award
Saranac Lake is designated as a Silver-Level community due to the impressive levels of walking and excellent planning efforts. Saranac Lake is a very walkable community and most errands can be accomplished on foot. A walk through the Village provides beautiful lake and river views, historic architecture, parks for refuge and recreation, and many dining, shopping, and entertainment possibilities. Learn more.