September 26, 2012

Editorial: Base transfer monumental


But our Air Force Base was valued and fiercely protected. So, in 1993, when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted to close PAFB, it was a stunning and potentially devastating decision. Despite all efforts to overturn the ruling, the base closed in 1995.

It has taken all this time for the final transfer of land, partly because the Air Force had to clean up environmental messes on several parcels.

But during those years, an amazing thing has happened to the 3,463 acres of former base land. Due to foresight, commitment and coordinated effort, it’s now home to a successful airport, more than 60 business tenants and bustling housing developments that add to the tax base. First, Plattsburgh Intermunicipal Development Corp. and then PARC guided the change.

Plattsburgh now stands as a symbol of success pulled from disaster, a testament to community perseverance.


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