May 5, 2013

Apartment plan altered



Mary Jo Juneau, a resident of Iowa Street, said one of her big concerns is the large amount of low-income housing in that area.

“There is nothing there that speaks to family,” she said of the plan.

John Burdo, who lives on Maryland Road, suggested the applicant find a different location, as the property is a key to development of that part of the city.

“I think you’re giving up the future if you do this,” he said.


Henry Ward, also of Kansas Avenue, said he is worried about the negative effect on nearby property values if the project moves forward.

The property is owned by the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp., and Ovios said the developer has a purchase contract based on his ability to get approval for development that makes sense economically.

Ovios said more details on items such as storage, lighting, landscaping and materials will be provided when the applicant submits a detailed plan for approval.

Planning Board member Bill Ferris said he would like to see a defined outdoor space for residents to use. He suggested moving the parking lot to the rear of the building to create a common area out front.

“I think a nice design would really go a long way (toward approval),” he said. “I think it’s going in the right direction.”

The project still needs Planning Board approval of a final detailed design plan.

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