WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will spend $14 million to rebuild an Adirondack ski center lodge that was destroyed in a fire, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.
The Mid-Station Lodge at the state-run Whiteface Mountain resort in Wilmington burned to the ground on Nov. 30. No one was hurt in the blaze, which broke out after skiers had left the slopes. The cause hasn’t been determined.
The old lodge, built in 1960, had a restaurant and served skiers on the mountain’s upper slopes. The governor’s office said there were 300,000-400,000 visits per season.
The new 10,000-square-foot lodge, designed in the architectural style of a classic Adirondack great camp, will have dining facilities, a vaulted ceiling and a wraparound viewing deck, Cuomo said.
The first phase of the two-part reconstruction project is targeted for completion next November, with the second phase to be completed a year later. The project is the 26th proposal of Cuomo’s upcoming State of the State address.
Whiteface, run by the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority, hosts major alpine ski events and serves as a U.S. Olympic training site.