Plattsburgh Seeking Help From BTV About Waterfront

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 08/21 2014 06:43PM

Updated 08/21 2014 06:45PM

Dock Street Landing, Plattsburgh NY
Dock Street Landing, Plattsburgh NY

On Thursday evening, the Plattsburgh City Council learned about progress being made about the waterfront improvement projects.

A newly-appointed Director is focusing on 2 key lakefront areas.

“Plattsburgh has remarkable assets on the waterfront and I think an awful lot of folks have agreed that we're perhaps not making best use of those assets,” said Bruce Lawson, Plattsburgh Community Development Director, a position left vacant for some time. He's been focusing on improvements to the city beach.

“Fairly soon, I anticipate that we'll be launching a study in which we'll be inviting public participation to help us envision what the best use of that property would be,” said Lawson.

Lawson couldn't go further about what he envisions or is planning for the site.

“I think it's a little early in the game to be talking about that,” said Lawson. “I don't want to start making announcements about what should happen. I think it's time for the public to speak on that."

“More sailing, if you like boating,” explained Angelica Koinis, a Plattsburgh resident, about what she’d like to see done on the waterfront. “It's important that access to the beaches are easy and they're maintained clean."

The city also wants to transform the Dock Street Landing into a marina. Currently there's just a mold-infested food stand and an empty parking lot. Residents told us that was intended to be parking for a never-realized hotel.

“We could have a really successful marina operation down there,” said Lawson.

Whether it's managed by the city or a private business is still up in the air.

“I've reached out to some of our friends in Burlington because they're running a very successful marina operation there. They've been very, very helpful to the point where they've volunteered to come over here to speak with us here in Plattsburgh about it,” said Bruce Lawson.

As for funding for the projects, Lawson plans on applying for grants.

A good opportunity to give your input on the waterfront projects is coming up in about a week and a half.

Leaders have planned the "Stretch Your Summer" event for Saturday, September 6th at the Plattsburgh City Beach.

There, you can talk to the city about what you'd like to see happen on the lakefront.

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