October 24, 2012

Bombardier Transportation expansion approved

City Planning Board OK comes with conditions

PLATTSBURGH — Bombardier Transportation has received City of Plattsburgh Planning Board approval for its $25 million expansion project, with conditions that include an 8-foot-tall fence.

The expansion calls for an 87,600-square-foot expansion on the north and west side of the building at 71 Wall St. The company has already installed a new mezzanine in the plant.

New track at the test facility is designed to reduce the number of times railcars are moved before they can be shipped by truck to the Chicago Transit Authority.

Before Monday evening’s Planning Board vote, some neighbors once again expressed opposition. 

Ernie Gillespie, who lives at 89 Main Mill St., said the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Common Council give Bombardier everything it wants. He questioned why the company was allowed to hire the firm that did the traffic study.

“You’re putting the fox in the hen coop here,” Gillespie said.

He asked for a earthen berm with an 8-to-10-foot fence on top of it along the edge of the property as a sign of good faith to the neighbors.


Laverne Hicks of 9 Alex Way said that when the property was zoned industrial, it was not done legally. She said there should have been public meetings and public hearings on the issue.

Bombardier has not delivered on a promise, made when the company came to Plattsburgh, to create 700 jobs, Mrs. Hicks said. 

There are slightly more than 400 employees at the plant.

“We’re giving them the cream of the crop, and we’re getting crapped on,” she said.

Hicks said the building next to her property blocks the sun until later morning. There is also the noise from forklifts and from tools being dropped, she said.

“My health is at risk. My husband’s health is at risk.”

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