Plattsburgh’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative gearing up for phase one

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Keep your eyes peeled, major improvements will soon be coming to the Lake City.

“One of the first aspects we are going to start moving on is the revitalization of some of the downtown properties. The second and third floor, the apartments,” said Mayor Colin Read. Read wants downtown property owners to get excited for the implementation of phase one.

It will begin on Wednesday, November 8th at the City of Plattsburgh Public Library in the second floor community room. “We’re going to explain to the public what we are trying to accomplish for this next round of grants. We’re going to let people know what the other various steps will be taken as well to revitalize the downtown,” said Read.

There will be three sessions:

  1. 9:00-10:00am
  2. 1:00-2:00pm
  3. 6:00-7:00pm

Read tells us, anywhere from 10 to 12 grants will be given out, totaling up to one million dollars of the ten million that was awarded last July.

The Downtown Grant Program will start accepting applications on November 8th, and will close on December 15th by 4pm. Now, just as a reminder any late applications will not be considered. If selected, property owners will be able to renovate store fronts and the upper level apartments.

“I think downtown is a great place to be, but defiantly the apartments right now are not so good. If they were much better I would love to be down here,” expressed Morgan McAdam who works downtown.

She tells us, the overall revitalization of downtown Plattsburgh is a step in the right direction for the city.

“I think, especially with the college so close by students are wanting to come downtown and do something during the weekend. Maybe if it looked a little nicer they would be more interested in coming down,” she said.

Which is exactly what Mayor Read envisions.

 “We recognize we need to create a year round market place for the store fronts and that is by creating people living upstairs in a year round basis,” said Read.

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