Redesigned Plattsburgh development project has more parking

Published: Jun. 14, 2019 at 8:34 AM EDT
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The developers in charge of the Durkee Street Lot Project in Plattsburgh have released a new design.

The design for the new mixed-use building will house 114 apartments, down from the 127 in previous designs. The space will also include 10,000-square feet of commercial space.

Parking has been a concern to the community. Some fear the project will create a lack of parking and deter visitors from coming downtown. In the redesign, there are 50 spaces for public use, up from the original 30 spaces offered.

"It's a boon for Plattsburgh to have enough parking to cover its downtown needs but, again, I do realize the best use for a big spot like this isn't a giant parking lot. So, I'm sure there are creative solutions out there that can be found that can both make use of this spot better and serve downtown's parking needs. There has to be a way," said Ryan Demers of the North Country Food Co-op.

The redesign does not have space for the farmers and crafters market. That is set to be moved to a waterfront location by the city marina.

The plan was approved Thursday unanimously by five of the Common Council members present to move forward with the design phase.