May 5, 2013

Apartment plan altered

PLATTSBURGH — Some changes have been made to a plan for a large apartment complex in the City of Plattsburgh.

Lewis Heights, named with a nod to the late Clyde Lewis, would be built on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base property at the southeast corner of Route 9 and New York Road. 

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The developer, who has not been ideintified, is being represented by local attorney and former City Court Judge Gary Favro.

At a recent City Planning Board meeting, project engineer Aaron Ovios of Robert M. Sutherland PC detailed changes to the sketch plan that was presented for informational purposes last month. 

It now calls for 88 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. 

Construction would take place in four phases spread over several years, fueled by demand, and the buildings are now slated to be two-and-a-half stories high, down from the three levels originally planned.

The structures would now cover less than 20 percent of the 5-acre property. In addition, the amount of green space has been increased to slightly more than 50 percent.

“With a 5-acre lot, 50 percent green space is substantial,” Ovios said.

He said the units are expected to rent for between $800 and $1,200 a month.


Several neighbors voiced concerns about the proposal.

Gerald Eagan, who lives on Kansas Avenue, said Carol Klepper asked him to read a letter to the Planning Board, as she was out of town. Even with the reduction, she still believes the project is too large for that area.

The project needs to be reviewed with a view toward the effect on surrounding developments, her letter read. Additionally, she is concerned about a lack of space for children to play.

“The units do not seem to have the same living space as other units near it,” she wrote.

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