Plattsburgh takes step toward relocating farmers market by awarding construction contract

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Prime Companies is spending $22 million to re-develop the Durkee Street parking lot — long-time home to the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market — into an apartment building with retail and office space.

Moving the market to its new location on Greene Street has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but the Plattsburgh Common Council made some progress Thursday, approving a construction contract for the new market to a local company, Murnane Building Contractors.

The $276,600 contract will be largely covered by a grant from the state Downtown Redevelopment Initiative. Councilor Steve Brodi said the city’s 10 percent share of the cost “should be recouped in an appropriate way.”

“Every farmer at the market paid dues,” he said. “Part of that, a fair portion of it, should be to the city for the cost.”

This was the second time this year the market relocation went out for bids; on the earlier occasion, the city rejected the only bid that came in. The contract is for $276,600. State Downtown Redevelopment Initiative grant money will cover 90% of that cost.

The council also voted Thursday to send a proposed new local law to the Clinton County Planning Board for review. It would exempt certain future city projects from Plattsburgh’s zoning laws.

“It grants broad, sweeping powers to the Council and other city departments to allow development without any of the checks and balances provided by independent boards,” Plattsburgh Zoning Board of Appeals chair Ron Nolland said.

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