August 24, 2013

Developers seek zoning change

PLATTSBURGH — Developers want to rezone a 95-acre parcel that runs south of Rugar Street to allow mobile homes.

Realtor Chris LaBarge of Peryea-LaBarge Real Estate in Malone appeared before the Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board to request the parcel be switched from Residential 2 to the Manufactured Home classification.

He has an agreement with property owner Gerald Menard of Plattsburgh Wholesale Homes to acquire a 50 percent share of the property if it is rezoned.

Their plan calls for up to 250 lots on the property, although the maximum number depends on the results of wetlands surveys. 

LaBarge said there is a need for single-family, affordable housing in this area, as was indicated in the update of the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 2010.

Another bonus is that the property is served by town water and sewer, and New York State Electric and Gas natural-gas service is also available.


The lots would be sold, not rented. Another provision of the plan would not allow homes with a manufacture date of more than three years old.

“We have no desire to create a mobile-home park,” LaBarge said.

Menard said modular or stick-built homes would also be allowed. The rezoning is only intended to allow mobile homes to be included.

The property sits between Huntington Drive and Benny Blake Road, west of Interstate 87. It runs south to near the Saranac River. 

It is adjacent to a cluster of mobile-home parks and communities along Rugar Street and Military Turnpike.

LaBarge said he would like to see a Planned Development District overlay that could allow for commercial enterprises that would benefit the properties, such as convenience stores, mainly near Rugar Street.


Lot sizes would be 9,000 square feet, which provides enough space for a 1,600-square-foot mobile home and a garage.

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