The Clinton County Chapter of NYSARC has submitted plans for a 40-unit affordable housing project on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

It would be located south of the CVPH Wellness Center on New York Road and east of the Clinton Community College dormitory building on Connecticut Road.

The plans for what is called Connecticut Court show eight buildings with one-, two- and three-bedroom townhouse-style residences.

ARC Executive Director Theresa Garrow said the apartments would meet both community and agency needs for more units of affordable housing.

As many as 10 of the units would be reserved for people served by the ARC, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The rest would be available to members of the general public who meet income eligibility guidelines. 

FINANCING IN WORKS

“We see this as a great opportunity,” Garrow said, adding that she hopes it could help lead to further development on that part of the base. 

She said a number of those served by ARC have indicated a desire to live on their own. And so the development would help the agency comply with Olmstead Act requirements, which prohibit unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities, in order to ensure they can receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. 

ARC is working with George Hezel of Buffalo-based Affordable Housing Unlimited on financing and other aspects of the project. 

Hezel has successfully worked with other local affordable-housing projects, including the Joint Council on Economic Opportunity’s White Pine Commons project on Wallace Hill Extension in the Town of Plattsburgh and Catherine Gardens at the former Seton Catholic School building on North Catherine Street in the City of Plattsburgh.

Hezel said they intend to apply for tax credits and some concessionary funding through the New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal. He said budgets, including overall costs of the project and a rent schedule, have yet to be determined.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

They are committed to use of a local workforce, Garrow said. The design and engineering is by Architectural Engineering and Design Associates, while Luck Brothers is slated to serve as the contractor. 

James Abdallah of Architectural Engineering said the units are about 900 to 1,200 square feet. And some of the features of the Catherine Gardens project have been incorporated in their design, he said.

The development would be accessed from Connecticut Road. It would be constructed with a square interior road, with two buildings on each side of the four sides of that road.

There would also be a community-events building, playground and interior private driveways.

SERVICES

It is located a short distance from the ARC offices on New York Road as well as shopping, banks and drug stores in or near Skyway Plaza.

There is also a Clinton County Public Transportation bus stop a short distance away on New York Road. That would enable connections to other bus routes, such as those that serve the Route 3 shopping district and medical offices.

“You don’t even need a car to live here,” Garrow said.

The property is served by town water and wastewater services. ARC is exploring the availability of natural-gas service from New York State Electric and Gas.

ON TAX ROLLS

ARC is responsible for all phases of project development, as well as maintenance and operation. Garrow said that while they plan to hire a management company, the goal is to secure a contract for some of the work on the property to be done by those served by the agency.

The property will be on the tax rolls, Hezel said, and will pay all costs associated with special assessment districts.

At its most recent meeting, the Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board approved a subdivision of the property, which is owned by ARC, and a sketch plan for the project.

It still requires approval of a detailed preliminary plan. 

Garrow said the project timetable depends on securing funding. They can only submit an application once a year, she said. 

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