Plattsburgh officials update residents on downtown revitalization

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – With several major projects tied to a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative set to get underway in the coming months, the City of Plattsburgh held an open house on Wednesday for residents looking to get a better understanding of what’s to come.

“There’s all kinds of elements for our downtown revitalization, not only the grant, but some of the things we’re doing at the harborside, the Saranac River Trail and the parking solutions,” said Mayor Colin Read. “We wanted to describe to the public the whole gamut of what we’re doing downtown.”

A group of Plattsburgh residents have made their voices heard on the Durkee Street development, which has gone through several design changes as demands for more parking increased.

In June, Prime Companies updated their plans to include a large parking garage below the building and 35 street-level parking spaces. They’ve also slimmed down the design to one u-shaped building instead of two.

“That’s part of the healthy process, you make a proposal and put it out there and try to get feedback as to what people like and don’t like about it,” said Todd Curley, a representative from Prime Companies. “If we can incorporate some of their ideas, we certainly will, and if we can’t we try to communicate why that won’t work.”

The city is also adding 109 parking spaces at the site of the former Glens Falls National Bank on Margaret Street, and additional parking in five other locations for a total of 294 spaces. Mayor Read said he’s feeling very optimistic about the benefits these changes will bring when construction is over.

“This is going to give us an opportunity to solidify our economic base and lower taxes for everybody else by broadening that base and generating more jobs,” Read said. “We calculate almost 100 permanent jobs and it’s going to generate about $11 million of new income into our community every year.”

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