Plattsburgh farmers’ market in line for new home…next to sewage treatment plant

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The Plattsburgh Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market is nearing the end of its 15th season in business, but it’ll apparently have to move during the off-season.

We learned back in May that the market will move from Durkee Street to the Saranac River. It’s because Prime Companies is spending $22 million to re-develop the land the market currently sits on.

However, exactly where along the waterfront it would go was unclear until now.

The market is bound for Green Street, right next door to the city’s sewage treatment plant. The exact new digs are expected to be at a former Municipal Lighting Department warehouse.

“It’ll be for next season,” Mayor Colin Read said. “We’re determined to give them a good home and hopefully expand their season as well, by allowing them to operate for three seasons or more in a much better, and better-insulated, building. They’re really helping the design phases as we speak.”

The Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition opposes the city’s handling of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in general — and the move of the market in particular.

“I think the City of Plattsburgh has a bit of an issue in that the (DRI) project, as proposed currently, does not comply with the (New York General) City Law,” coalition attorney Matt Fuller told the city’s Common Council Thursday night.

“I would strongly urge you to consider the Chinese concept of feng shui, which is locating things in ways that are auspicious,” coalition member Sylvie Boudreau said during that same council meeting. “And the Chinese would tell you that you don’t locate anything to do with food next to the poop plant.”

In a statement provided to Local 22 & Local 44 News via social media, leaders of the group say, in part:

“…they are being told they can move into a building, which by the way is too dilapidated to be an MLD warehouse, next to the…sewer plant (not a great atmosphere for selling produce). …the $1million dollar grant the City received to demolish the site requires that the building be torn down.”

Assemblyman Billy Jones’ office verified last year that the $1 million in state grant funds will specifically pay for demolition.

“People have been lamenting for an awful long time why we have a MLD or warehouse space on the beautiful waterfront, so we’re taking that away,” Mayor Read said.

There’s no indication of how the several necessary steps — odor and noise abatement at the sewage plant, demolition of the warehouse, and then construction of a new farmers’ market in its place — will all be complete next season.

However the city works through these steps, it’ll need to work quickly. The market closes for the year in a little more than a month, on Saturday, October 12th.

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