The new location for a Texas Roadhouse on outer Cornelia Street is among the latest projects happening in the town of Plattsburgh.
Business is booming in the town of Plattsburgh.
New construction projects and developments are popping up all over town, according to Steve Imhoff, zoning and codes officers for the town.
“There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on now,” said Imhoff.
One of the most noticeable in the town, said Imhoff, is the construction of a Texas Roadhouse restaurant on outer Cornelia Street. Plans for the 6,700-square-foot restaurant were approved by the town planning board in March, with an anticipated opening this fall.
What has also generated buzz in that vicinity is talk of a Kohl’s department store locating where the former Ames department store once stood. Imhoff said the town has been approached regarding the property and a preliminary review of the site has been performed by a team of Kohl’s representatives.
“The way I understand it, when these guys come to town, they’re serious,” said Imhoff.
Though still early in the planning stage, Imhoff said a 2013 opening has been discussed.
Other projects within the town include:
• Creation of a new gas station and convenience store at the corner of Banker Road and State Route 22B
• Creation of new Subway restaurant next to Dunkin Donuts on outer State Route 3
• Creation an upper-end billiards club in the former Burgundy Room in Airport Plaza on State Route 3
• Construction of new building for Ace Electric on Flanagan Drive
• Construction of new building for Pizza Palace on Tom Miller Road
• Remodeling of Foot Locker and Target and creation of a new yogurt store and opening of Florentino’s in Champlain Centre
• Remodeling of the former Pyramids Preschool building for use by Behavioral Health Services North
Town Supervisor Bernard C. Bassett, who is pleased with the amount of economic growth seen by the town in recent years, said the municipality has “a clear vision of our future and the need to be proactive.” And, to that end, Bassett said having “shovel-ready” sites where basic infrastructure is in place is something the town realized is important in attracting new business and development.
“Everyone knows and understands their role in the process,” said Bassett. “We know our limitations but we have learned to work within them to make the town of Plattsburgh an attractive place to invest in, do business and to live.”
Bassett said it is “exciting to see so much activity in all corners of the town that adds to the local economy and contributes to help meet our municipal needs.”
“This is part of why we have taken an aggressive approach to paving this summer and continue to invest in and upgrade our infrastructure,” he said. “Our codes and zoning and planning departments work with developers to help them with the process but to also develop successful business models.”
“This summer’s activity continues to reinforce that we are going the right direction and it is only the beginning,” he added.
When it comes to economic development in the city of Plattsburgh, Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak noted that the city differs from the town in that it has “limited property to develop and has a high percentage of tax exempt property.”
“With that being said, I am very pleased with our growth and development within our city boundaries the last several years,” said Kasprzak. “We continue to add to our tax base, create jobs, and offer new opportunities to residents and business owners.”
The mayor said he attributes that to the city’s stable tax and utility rates over the last five years and the services offered by the city.
According to Kasprzak, recent and present development projects in the city include 20 new housing units on Cogan Avenue, 16 new housing units on Iowa Circle, 15 apartment units on Club Road, a 15-unit Phase II at Harbor View Apartments, two new housing units on Maine Road and four new homes on Haley Avenue. Several new business and restaurants in the downtown area, an expansion at CVPH Medical Center for medical services, new construction at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and continued business development at the Imperial Industrial Park also demonstrates growth for the city, added Kasprzak.
“Overall, during the most challenging period in our history, we continue to enjoy development which I am very proud and pleased with,” said the mayor.
Editor’s Note: Denton Publications will continue to follow the progress of new developments in projects in the town and city of Plattsburgh for a series on economic growth.