PLATTSBURGH — The city has OK'd funding to demolish all but one of its former Municipal Lighting Department buildings on Green Street. 

Last week, the Common Council unanimously approved Morrisonville-based Ormsby Trucking & Excavating for the project, which will include asbestos abatement, as well. 

That project was estimated at $319,000, to be funded via the Restore NY Grant, but had covered an added cost. 

"The city's initial intention was to complete asbestos abatement and/or demolition of all six MLD structures," the city's resolution says. "This was altered to accommodate potential redesign of one of the structures, known as Building 4, for the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market.

"No asbestos abatement or demolition work will be performed on that structure as part of this project."

With that change, the project total was expected to drop some. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, Community Development Director Matthew Miller said that figure was yet to be determined. 

GENERIC IMPACT REVIEW

In early 2019, the City of Plattsburgh said it would relocate the seasonal market from the Durkee Street parking lot to the Harborside.

Though there was talk of putting up a new structure there, the former MLD building was later selected. 

Miller said that building should be set for the Farmers Market's 2020 season and will still need to undergo asbestos abatement. 

"Abatement of the new Farmers Market building will be completed as part of the projects currently being evaluated under the city’s Downtown Area Improvement Projects’ Generic Environmental Impact Statement," he said. 

That environmental review, examining a variety of downtown projects, was hoped to wrap up this December. 

MARKET SURVEY

The Green Street building's proximity to the city's Water Pollution Control Plant, though, had some community members upset and even mocking the Farmers Market's expected home. 

Last month, Market Manager/Vice President Julie Baughn and President Dick Crawford administered a survey asking their vendors if, after visiting the location and eyeing a sketch, they were OK with the move.

The results were mostly positive, Baughn said.

"We had 28 vendors that went and looked at the building," she told The Press-Republican. "Out of those vendors, 22 were a, 'Yes,' for moving."

Vendors then listed their top three hoped improvements, in addition to already planned ones, like new windows, a pavilion and cosmetic updates.

"A list was compiled," Baughn said. "That list was given to the Community Development Office and they are currently working with engineers, and so on, to get cost estimates."

'NO MAJOR IMPACTS'

The MLD Abatement and Demolition project was expected to begin later this fall and, Miller said, its "duration (would) be dependent upon prevailing weather conditions." 

At tonight's meeting, the City Common Council, as lead agent, will vote to submit a Negative Declaration for the project's New York State Environmental Quality Review.

If approved, that resolution would assert that the Green Street project, "will result in no major adverse environmental impacts." 

The night will start with a City Infrastructure Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, where the Public Works, Municipal Lighting and Environmental Service departments are all expected to give 2020 budget presentations. 

A council work session will follow at 5 p.m. and the night will end with a regular session starting at 5:30 p.m. 

All are open to the public. 

 

Email McKenzie Delisle: 

mdelisle@pressrepublican.com

Twitter: @McKenzieDelisle

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