February 15, 2014

Councilors continue discussion in future of city's waterfront

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh councilors are prepared to take a much broader look at what they want to do with a prime piece of waterfront property before making any decisions.

The waterfront has been a focal point of discussions since councilors took office Jan. 1.

“We need to figure out a way to take our energy and convert that into some serious planning,” Councilor Becky Kasper (D-Ward 5) said at a recent council work session.

“I am committed to this. I have a three-year term, and I want to see something done.”


At a Jan. 30 meeting, the council rejected two plans for developments of a city marina at the Dock Street Landing property.

Both Nav Tours, a Canadian and local company, and Plattsburgh Boat Basin, operator of the marina and Naked Turtle restaurant next to Dock Street Landing, proposed to provide moorings, boat slips, a restaurant and land and water activities.

But councilors wanted more public input and more comprehensive planning.

They invited the public to join them in their discussion at last week’s work session to talk about potential waterfront plans.


Bob Smith, a local hotel/restaurant owner and member of the planning group Vision2Action, said the council should consider how the waterfront plans would work in conjunction with the Saranac River Trail and city bicycle paths.

“We need to look at this for the long term,” he said.

Tim McCormack said the council needs to make sure that any marina development will cater to those with small boats as well as larger vessels.

“The city needs to provide services that the private sector does not,” he said.


Phil Von Bargen of the Town of Plattsburgh Planning and Engineering Department said the town recently received a $50,000 grant to study its waterfront.

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