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March 26, 2013

City considering major development

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PLATTSBURGH —

The plan will comply with Zoning Board regulations for parking spaces, density and green space, Ovios said.

The property is owned by the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp., which has been marketing it for several years. Ovios said the developer is talking to PARC about a sale.

The Planning Board members grilled Ovios about the plans for about 45 minutes Monday night, with most of their concerns about the size of the buildings.

“It would be nice to have some kind of common areas, maybe a playground or something,” Ferris said.

Karen Ricketson stressed that the size of the project needs to be looked at again.

“Density is the question. I just want to make sure you know that,” she told Ovios.

OBJECTION

Rotella also said the board received a letter from resident Carol Klepper complaining about the size of the project and the impact it could have on the surrounding areas.

Ovios said the plan will be revisited after meeting with the Planning Board and the Zoning Board in April, and it could be changed.

“We will look at it and see how we can improve it,” Ovios said.

TAX BOOST

City Councilor James Calnon (I-Ward 4), who serves as the city’s budget officer, said that adding a 96-unit housing development would be a nice boost to the city’s property-tax rolls.

“But we are always concerned about how the development will be, and that is why we have safeguards in place with the zPlanning and Zoning Boards,” he said.

“But I do think this is an appropriate use for this property, as far as I can see.”

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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