PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh is eyeing a huge wave of development this year.

“We are seeing an historic amount of items before our Planning Board this month,” Town Supervisor Michael Cashman said.

Several projects on tap for approval add up to more than 100,000-square feet of development Cashman said.

MEDISCA SITE

At the head of the list is a 60,000-square-foot building for a manufacturing site for Medisca, on Banker Road near Route 374.

According to its web site, Medisca “is present throughout the world, sourcing and securing high-quality products that conform to the latest editions of USP, BP, EP and other compendial pharmacopeias. We take pride in the opportunity to make an important contribution to the quality of medication compounded in laboratories and pharmacies across the world.”

“That parcel they are going into is a great spot that has been underutilized,” Cashman said.

UMS (Schlueter) is planning a 20,000-square-foot research and development building at 194 Pleasant Ridge Rd. and Della Kia is looking to construct a 13,500-square-foot addition on Della Drive off Route 3.

Johns Mansville, Della Toyota, and Wal-Mart also have plans for additions before the Planning Board, which is scheduled to meet next on Aug. 20.

EMBRACED GOOD PLANNING

Cashman said the town has planned well for such development and their efforts are paying off.

“The town has always embraced good planning,” he said.

“We’ve always supported working with companies both large and small on investing and re-investing in our region.”

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

Cashman said over the years the town has invested in providing the necessary infrastructure such as water and sewer and electricity to prime development sites.

He expects the upcoming projects will add a boost to the economy.

“It means more opportunities for job growth in the region, and people forget that a lot of companies have this area as their North American base and Schlueter Systems is one of them,” Cashman said.

“These projects have become attractive for these companies because we have the infrastructure they need, and that is the result of good planning.”

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