Plans Move Forward on Plattsburgh Downtown Revitalization

DT Revitalization_1473977893780.jpg

A better downtown experience.  That’s what local leaders hope to create in the Plattsburgh community.

Big changes will be coming to the North Country’s largest community.  While it will take some time, locals have their sights fully set on re-vamping Plattsburgh’s downtown.  “I think you’re always hoping that it will happen yesterday, or tomorrow, but I think it’s just exciting that it’s happening,” said Kim Manion, owner of the Maui North Sports Shop in Plattsburgh.  She’s had the shop for 3 years, but it’s been a Durkee Street staple going on 25.  Manion hopes downtown Plattsburgh will be growing soon.  “In terms of mixed use, retail is terrific, residential, whether it’s condos or apartments, that kind of thing.  More parking space, there’s talk of a food, culinary, processing, incubator space, that would be a great draw,” said Manion.

Plattsburgh is deep in the process of identifying ways to improve its downtown corridor.  The city was recently awarded $10 million as part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  “That $10 million is going to support priority projects, it’s also there to leverage additional public and private resources,” stated Kate Collignon.  She represents HR&A Consulting.  Her group is helping the city move through the revitalization process.

Thursday they met in City Hall to start the work of nailing-down spots for new development, funding sources, and strategies to reach the finish line.  “Looking at how do we develop under-used sites that are centrally located.  You’ve got the Durkee Street lot, the Dock Street lot and and others that will be identified.  How do we support cultural assets and establish a downtown arts corridor building off of the strand theater,” added Collignon’s colleague Conor Muldoon.

Heading up the revitalization is a committee made up of stake-holders from across the region.  “I think people across the board, Peru to Beekmantown, to Schuyler Falls, to the town and City of Plattsburgh, everyone is very pleased that the city got the ten million dollars and we want to support this to the best of our ability,” said Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman.

There have been plenty of studies already but the group says we’ll start seeing tangible progress soon.  It’ll take time, but change, and improvement are coming.  “Route 3 is great, but it doesn’t have a soul the downtown has,” commented Manion.

While that Local Advisory Committee will head up the revitalization effort, they want the community to be involved.  They’ll soon be releasing a meeting schedule for folks.  That’ll keep people updated on what and when things are happening.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Trending Stories

Latest Coronavirus Headlines

More Coronavirus

SkyTracker Weather Blog

More SkyTracker Blog