July 15, 2013

Letters to the Editor: July 15, 2013


---- — Tournament turnout

TO THE EDITOR: The Beekmantown Wrestling Booster Club would like to sincerely thank the Barracks Golf Course for hosting our second-annual golf tournament on June 15.

We had a good turnout, great weather and many prizes to award. Thank you to everyone who came and helped make the day a success.

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their generous support through the donation of prizes, advertisement and hole sponsorship for our fundraiser: Arnie’s, Beekmantown Teachers Association, Big Sal’s, Bluff Point Golf Course, Butcher Block, Craig Wood Golf Course, Crown Royal Golf Course, Cumberland 12, Eclipse Fitness, Finney Sports, Gino’s, Harmony Golf Course, Homestead Restaurant, Latitude 44, North Country Golf Course, Pizza Palace, Plattsburgh Distributing, Play It Again Sports, Steele Truss Co., the Press-Republican, the Hungry Bear, the Renadettes, Westport Golf Course, Whiteface Club and Resort, Willsboro Golf Course and Zachary’s.


Beekmantown Wrestling Team


Apartment project

TO THE EDITOR: Your front-page article on the Lewis Heights plan raises some interesting questions.

The developer, James Latinville, was quoted after Monday’s Planning Board meeting as saying, “There’s a need for upscale apartments in the city.”

My questions are: How does Mr. Latinville define upscale? Is there, as he says, a need for one-bedroom apartments? On what basis does the Planning Board agree?

According to the 2010 Census, the median income for a Plattsburgh worker was $15,897, barely over half the national average of $29,701. Does Mr. Latinville plan to import wealthy people for his one-bedroom apartments?

With a poverty rate of almost 21 percent in the last census and an unemployment rate of almost 9 percent, it seems to me more important to ask: Is there really enough affordable housing in Plattsburgh? Not where to add “upscale,” one-bedroom units.

In the last census, Plattsburgh’s median rent was listed as $773 a month, or on an annual basis, 58 percent of that median income cited above. That doesn’t leave a lot cash for food, clothing, transportation, etc.

I suggest the Planning Board take another look at the Latinville proposal. If it still decides to approve his proposal, then as a condition of that approval, it might insist that Mr. Latinville include a contractual percentage — perhaps 10 percent — of the constructed units as “affordable.”

The cost of construction is basically the same for upscale and affordable units; only the so-called amenities will differentiate them.

This will mean somewhat smaller profit for Mr. Latinvville, but then he’ll have the satisfaction of having contributed something of lasting benefit to his community.