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First Weekends continue in Plattsburgh despite controversy

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - Despite concerns voiced by area business owners, downtown Plattsburgh will continue to see closed streets.

As agreed to by the city, City Hall Place will be closed to traffic the first weekend of every month for the rest of the year. This is where the group "First Weekends" holds its monthly events to attract more people downtown.

But some business owners say closing the street blocks access to their stores.

As of now, no cars can drive down City Hall Place when it's blocked. But the city is working on a compromise to allow traffic during these events.

"The mission of the Downtown Association is to make sure we can bring visitors downtown in any regard, anywhere, and then have faith that they will disperse through the downtown. So, I'm confident as long as we focus on what's good for the entire area and not just what's good for one business or the other, we're going to come up with some really novel solutions," said Colin Read, the president of the Plattsburgh Downtown Association.

Some ideas are signage to guide cars around closed streets and allow some traffic to pass through closed off events.

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