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Plattsburgh considers waterfront development

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

For years there's been talk of building a new hotel by Plattsburgh's sewage treatment plant, which sits on the city's waterfront. The idea of moving the plant has also been tossed around to make room for development.

But Mayor James Calnon says it wouldn't be easy and it would be costly.

"Moving it would be a tremendous undertaking. We have an estimate that it would take $200 million to do," he says.

Some say developing the city's waterfront will be good for business. Those who run local businesses in Plattsburgh are happy to hear officials talking about development.

"Increase traffic -- foot traffic, that's great," says Janice Marchut with the Adirondack Humane Society Thrift Store. "People pass by, take a look in the window. Hopefully they'll stop in and take a look."

Mayor Calnon has plans to disguise the sewage treatment plant on the waterfront instead of moving it. He likes the idea of building a façade around the plant, making it more attractive and reducing the noise it produces.

"Best of both worlds. Having an efficient and easily operated system with many many years of capacity left in it- plus having it not be any kind of impediment to tourism," Calnon says.

Development on the city's waterfront also means more people enjoying that part of Plattsburgh.

"Enhance all that goes on in the downtown area, plus bring people to this side of the lake to see how beautiful it is. So I think it's a great idea," Conrad says.

And whether the sewage treatment plant stays or goes, plans to develop the Plattsburgh waterfront are on the agenda.

Plattsburgh city and town officials have discussed possible sites if and when the time comes that the sewage treatment plant needs to be moved.

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