PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County has come up empty in its initial bid to develop a hotel at Plattsburgh International Airport.
“It is disappointing, but we will work through it,” said County Legislator Jimmy Langley, who chairs the county’s Airport Committee.
“It’s not the first time we’ve been disappointed, but we are not a give-up group.”
The county sought bids from developers to build a hotel next to the airport terminal building on a 12-acre parcel that used to be site of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base Alert Facility.
The deadline for submitting proposals was Tuesday, but the county received no bids.
Langley (R-Area 7, Peru) speculated that the lack of interest may have been due to some of the terms of the specifications. Namely, the county wanted a 40-year lease of the property, which lies within the City of Plattsburgh.
“That might have turned some developers off, and we will take a look at that,” Langley said.
NO ONE TOURED
The county put out an information packet with the specifications for the project and arranged a time last month for prospective bidders to view the property.
Four out-of-town developers asked for the information packet, but none showed up on the tour date.
“That wasn’t a good sign,” Langley said.
The county will reach out to those four developers to find out why they didn’t submit bids and then will rework the project specifications.
Legislator Mark Dame, who chairs the county’s Finance Committee, said he believes a hotel project at the site is still viable.
“We will find out why no one bid, and I think we can re-work the specs so more in the hotel industry will be interested,” he said.
The county agreed last year to undertake a $54 million expansion of the terminal to accommodate the business the airport has generated since it opened in 2007.