May 10, 2013

City marina proposals under review

PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh has received two proposals to create a city marina and renovate the 2,500-square-foot building at Dock Street Landing in downtown Plattsburgh.

Plattsburgh Boat Basin and Navtours both want the opportunity.

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Plattsburgh Boat Basin owns and operates the marina at the end of Dock Street. Navtours is a Bahamas-based company that offers sailboat charters; it has also operated in Plattsburgh for the last few years.

The two businesses presented proposals to the Lake City Local Development Corp., which will review them and make a recommendation to the City Common Council.

If the project goes forward, the marina is not expected to open until 2014.


City Attorney John Clute noted the city has invested nearly $3.8 million in the property since it was acquired from the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. That doesn’t include the new boat launch near the city’s wastewater treatment plant, which was built with state funding.

He said the objectives in drafting the request for proposals were to increase the recreational development of the city’s waterfront and to attract more visitors to the downtown area. That could include first-time visitors who might then consider investment in the city.

“The future of this area is important to the city, especially the downtown area,” he said.

The city wants the marina to serve boats 30 feet in length or longer, based on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study that shows that owners of large boats are more likely to visit overnight or longer and thus spend more in the local community than the owners of smaller boats.


Clute said both interested entities appear to be well-qualified bidders.

The marina and building are to be owned by the city and operated by the chosen developer. The developer would be responsible for the cost of renovations to the flood-damaged building, but those expenses would be deducted from the lease payments.

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