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June 28, 2012

2011 flooding: Forced to evacuate



For that reason, Beshon said, she hopes Lakeside, which suffered two fires and has remained shut down since the 2011 evacuation, reopens in the future. 

“The rent was cheap there,” she said. 

But City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak told the Press-Republican in an email the apartments need to come down. 

“The property needs to be demolished and redeveloped, and the owner hopefully will bring a legitimate project to the city for Zoning and Planning Board review,” he said. 

“It cannot remain as it is now, however, for much longer, as this is not fair to the residents and businesses of the North End.”

A rather notorious location, Lakeside was often the address on the scanner for police calls and had been cited for numerous building-code violations.

Owner Collin Niemi didn’t return turn calls this week from the Press-Republican. 


Prairie, who has also found a new apartment in the city, said she is comfortable in her new home but has fond memories of the two decades she spent at Lakeside. 

“It was the scenery that I loved about it, with the lake,” she said.  “I used to put my boat in the water and stay in the water all day long, every day.

“I do miss it. I really do because I miss being outside.”

— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.

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