Plattsburgh DRI

Turner Bradford explains new Durkee Street development plan
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Less than a month after presenting revised Durkee Street redevelopment plans, the developer was back before the Plattsburgh Common Council with a new set of plans Thursday night.

Large parking area looking towards lake and marina that city council is considering for Farmer's Market relocation
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The largest portion of Plattsburgh’s Downtown Redevelopment Initiative funds target the Durkee Street parking lot.  At one end of the 3.4-acre site, there is currently a year-round farmers’ market that would be relocated under the developer’s proposed plans.  During last week’s Common Council meeting, the city’s representatives took a walking tour of a potential site for the market.

Downtown businessman Jonathan Schneiderman comments on proposed Durkee Street development
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The Plattsburgh Common Council chambers were filled Thursday evening with residents curious to see the developer of the Durkee Street parking lot provide updated redevelopment plans.

Streetscape and riverfront renderings
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In 2016, the city of Plattsburgh was among the first communities in New York to receive a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. While there has been considerable debate over plans for the Durkee Street Parking lot, a 3.4-acre site at the center of the redevelopment area, other areas will be refurbished.  On Monday evening, developers presented an overview of streetscape and riverfront access plans.

City residents protest Durkee Street redevelopment plans
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In July 2016, the city of Plattsburgh was one of the first cities in New York state to receive a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative – or DRI – grant.  Much of the development funds target the Durkee Street Parking lot. But controversy surrounds the city’s decision to award a contract to a private developer that will result in the loss of the city’s primary parking lot.  Opponents of the plan protested in front of City Hall Thursday evening.

Prime Companies Vice President Todd Curley describes Durkee Street redevelopment proposal
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One of the key areas in Plattsburgh to be redeveloped with New York state Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding is a large parking lot between the city center and the Saranac River. The project’s developer recently laid out the plans during a public forum.

Plattsburgh Community Development Director Matthew Miller outlines DRI status
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In 2016 Plattsburgh was one of the first cities in New York to receive a $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative award.  More than two years later there have been no shovels in the ground although planning continues.  Officials are holding public information sessions this week to provide updates on the plan.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the first session last night.

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visits Plattsburgh
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The day after she announced a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award in Amsterdam and hours after doing the same in Albany, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh Thursday to examine projects supported by the first round of awards in 2016.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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In July 2016, the city of Plattsburgh was awarded $10 million through New York state’s Downtown Redevelopment Initiative.  Projects are still being planned. One of the most controversial is changing the city’s main parking lot.  Councilors held a public comment session last week on 14 recommendations offered by a consultant.  But some downtown business owners are skeptical about the plans.

Jeremiah Ward addresses Plattsburgh City Council 3-1-18
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During its weekly meeting Thursday, the Plattsburgh Common Council approved the submission of a parking study from consultants. Some downtown business owners oppose it.

Jeremiah Ward leads meeting to discuss alternatives to Plattsburgh DRI plans
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About two dozen downtown business owners and residents gathered Thursday evening to express concerns over the current plans for the Plattsburgh Downtown Redevelopment Initiative and strategize on potential alternatives.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
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The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.