June 26, 2013

Lewis Heights plan takes step forward

PLATTSBURGH — A proposed apartment complex on the former Air Force Base hospital property took another step forward Monday night.

The 88-unit Lewis Heights would be built on New York Road near Lake Forest Village with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. 

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The City of Plattsburgh Planning Board agreed that the project, as presented, could move forward for detailed plan approval.

The applicant is officially listed as Lewis Heights LLC. After the meeting, local developer James Latinville confirmed that he is the person behind the project. 

“There is a need for upscale apartments in the city,” he said.

While there many two-bedroom apartments exist in the city, there aren’t a wealth of one- and three-bedroom units, Latinville said.

“There is a need for one-bedroom apartments. Nobody is building them anymore,” he said. “Most are in older buildings.”


The plan calls for four large buildings, with two breezeways used to allow them to be considered two buildings for zoning purposes. The two structures would be 135 feet apart, with that space targeted for a large courtyard-style common area and some of the parking.

The project would be built in four stages, Latinville said, with the timetable driven by demand. The first building would include a number of model units, so prospective tenants can see the amenities available.

Units would come equipped with tile and/or wood floors and with carpeting in the bedrooms. Possible upgrades include amenities such as a gas fireplace and extra-large refrigerator.

The plan also calls for community rooms and a large common area.

Latinville said he is looking at a colonial-style design, with a New England-type feel. Each unit would have either a patio or deck. A rent scale has yet to be developed, he said.

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