May 14, 2013

Clinton County to sell old airport buildings


PLATTSBURGH — The empty buildings at the former Clinton County Airport are up for bid as the county moves closer to selling the property.

“We will take whatever we can get for those buildings, but we need to get them out of there,” said County Legislator Robert Heins (R-Area 10, City of Plattsburgh), who chairs the county’s Airport Committee.

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The airport, which was located on Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh, closed in 2007 when the county opened Plattsburgh International Airport on the flight line of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

The county plans to sell the old airport property to help recoup the $4 million it cost to move the operation to the new site.


For the past six years, the county has been adhering to the state and federal government’s requirements to make sure the former airport property is environmentally sound enough to sell.

“This process moves so slowly,” Heins said. “Hopefully, we can finally get it done by the end of this year.”

The county is accepting bids until June 6 for the 15 empty buildings at the old airport. The buildings used to house aircraft for private pilots and airport maintenance operations.


Deputy County Administrator Rodney Brown said the buildings can be purchased and moved or bought for scrap metal.

“We probably won’t generate much revenue from these sales, but we are doing this pretty much to get rid of the buildings,” he said.

“There has been some vandalism out there, and the general perception is that these buildings are reducing the value of the property instead of enhancing it.”

Brown said some interest in the buildings has been expressed, mostly from pilots looking for inexpensive hangars, and he suspects the county will receive several bids.


There are no apparent environmental issues with the property, which served as the airport site from 1967 to 2007, Brown said, but the county still must undertake all the necessary testing and assessments required by the state and federal government before it is given clearance to sell the land.

Once clearance is given, Brown said, the county can go ahead and look to sell the 600-acre parcel, which is assessed at $5.4 million, according to the Clinton County Real Property Office.

“It is a readily developable property at the end of a corridor that is growing,” Brown said, “And we think the value of the property will go up.”

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