December 2, 2012

Rouses Point committee identifies priority properties

ROUSES POINT — The Rouses Point Revitalization Committee has a compiled list of potential redevelopment properties.

Revitalization Project Manager Melissa McManus is working with Troy-based River Street Planning and Development on the rejuvenation project. The initial step has been to identify vacant or underutilized properties on the main route through town along Lake Street.

Monica Ryan, a principal planner at River Street, led a review of buildings that could be part of the project. She said the plan is to talk with the property owners to gauge their interest in working with the committee to see if redevelopment assistance is available.

Ryan said the goal is to “try to get people back into downtown.”

McManus said no one is intending to have the village acquire the properties. The plan is to see if assistance is available to get private investors to put sites back to use, as some have been vacant for a decade or more.


The list of properties starts with the Saxony, former home to a nightclub and apartments that burned years ago. Ryan said work is under way to create apartments on the lower level. 

The next site is the Rope Ferry building, a large stone structure across the street. The owner’s plan for that building is unknown at present.

Next door to that, the Log Cabin Motel is now owned by Vance and Dorothy Mossey. McManus said that property could fit in with the accommodations study that is part of the revitalization plan.

Village Councilor Becky Reid said the owner of the Anchorage has asked for an extension on filling the hole left when the restaurant was destroyed by fire in November 2007 until after he can sell the property. 

The former Kathy’s Furniture building is the prime retail space available in downtown Rouses Point, McManus said. Ryan said the owner resides in the upper level and is only looking to lease the retail and storage space.

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