January 16, 2014

City delays decision on waterfront development

PLATTSBURGH — A final decision by the City of Plattsburgh Common Council on what to do with a valuable piece of waterfront property has been delayed.

“There are still a lot issues we still need to consider, and we want to make sure we have all the right information before we make a decision,” Mayor James Calnon said Wednesday.

The city is considering two plans to develop waterfront property at Dock Street Landing.

Both Navtours, a Canadian and local business, and Plattsburgh Boat Basin, which is locally owned and operated, offered plans to develop the property and run it as a marina.

The plans included boat slips, moorings, a restaurant and other waterfront activities, as well as public lake access.

The city opted late last year to negotiate with Navtours, but a final decision on the preferred developer has yet to be made.

Calnon put together an ad hoc committee of himself, Councilors Josh Kretser (D-Ward 6) and Paul O’Connell (D-Ward 4), City Engineer Kevin Farrington, City Recreation Superintendent Steve Peters and citizens Andrew Sajor, an avid sailor, and Rick Perry, the former city building inspector, who has helped organize numerous fishing tournaments held at Dock Street Landing over the years.

The committee met Monday to review the plans and come up with a recommendation for a vote at tonight’s meeting. But Calnon, speaking for the group, said no decision could be made.

“There is a lot of material to cover, and some complications have come up, and we will spend the next few weeks nailing down all the variables so we can make a decision based on facts,” he said.

The committee will discuss the issue again at the council work session on Jan. 23, and the council will likely vote at its meeting on Jan. 30, Calnon said.

Tonight’s meeting begins with a work session at 5 p.m., followed by the regular session at 5:30 p.m.

Both are open to the public.

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