September 19, 2013

PARC markets remaining properties

DAN HEATH Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. continues to market its few remaining properties.

At PARC’s annual meeting this week, Board of Directors Chairman Gilbert Duken said they didn’t sell any of the available property in the fiscal year that ended June 30. They do have some prospects lined up, though, he said.

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“It looks like it will be an exciting year ahead,” he said.

Approximately 97 acres and the building at 130 Arizona Ave. are available. Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Lee Mitchell said the remaining properties were valued at $3.1 million as of June 30, up from $2.8 million last year.

The parcels include the 22-acre former base hospital property at the corner of New York Road and Route 9. Five acres of that are expected to be sold if the Lewis Heights apartment complex project is approved by the City of Plattsburgh Planning Board.

Another 8.7 acre parcel is located at the intersection of New York Road and Arizona Avenue, the location of the former heating plant.

Two parcels — 4.7 acres and 3.4 acres — sit along Montana Avenue behind Seton Catholic Central School. And a 4.1-acre parcel at the intersection of Connecticut Road and Idaho Avenue is also for sale.


PARC had net operating expenses of $418,000 in the past year, compared to $635,000 the previous year. Leases brought in $95,354, compared to $113,000 last year. 

There were five part-time employees during the year. That will soon decrease to four, as secretary Rocky Harfield is retiring.

PARC CEO Bruce Steadman said that, as befits her name, Harfield has been a rock during her years at PARC.

“We thank her for her legendary commitment,” he said. “We’re going to miss you.”

After the meeting, Harfield said she’s been with PARC since 1995, first in human resources and then as corporation secretary. She said the PARC Board of Directors and staff have made it very enjoyable.

“This has been one of my favorite jobs,” she said. “It’s been a wonderful experience for me.”


Vice Chairman Henry Fortin reported that the annual audit by Abbott, Frenyea and Russell was once again free of any problems. That was confirmed by Robert Frenyea of that firm.

“We did give an unqualified opinion, which is the best opinion we can give,” he said.

At the end of the meeting, Duken was re-elected as chairman and Fortin as vice chairman.


Also at the session, Battle of Plattsburgh Association President Keith Herkalo provided an update on that organization’s activities. 

WCNY is creating a documentary about the significance of War of 1812 battlefields in northern New York, he said, including Plattsburgh, Oswego, Ogdensburg and Sacketts Harbor. 

Crews have already filmed the Plattsburgh segment, he said.

Forms are available at the War of 1812 Museum to provide input on the importance of battlefield preservation, Herkalo said. That documentary is scheduled to air next spring.


He also sought support for the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum, which is slated to open in the spring across the street from the association’s War of 1812 Museum on the former base.

Herkalo said the association has started a capital campaign for improvements and renovations and is already accepting memorabilia for exhibit.

Support of the new museum would be another way for PARC to mark its legacy after its mission is concluded, he said.

One-year memberships to the Air Force Base Museum are available for $25, and lifetime memberships are $250. A valid membership will entitle the bearer and all members of their party free admission.

For more information, call 324-7232 or visit the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum Facebook page.

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