Former Delaware and Hudson Railway Station
Efforts to restore the former Delaware and Hudson Railway Station on Pratt Street have been going on for the past 10 years — and holding.
Mayor George A. Rivers gave an update on the restoration project following a regular meeting of the village board of trustees Aug. 15. According to Rivers, the project is “on hold” until bids for work to be performed at the site are reviewed by Erdman Anthony, the Troy-based engineering firm the village is utilizing as a consultant for the project.
The board reviewed the bids at Monday night’s meeting which included estimates for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work as well as civil engineering for the project.
Bids received for mechanical work included Brockway Mechanical Systems Inc., Plattsburgh, $89,250; K and L Plumbing and Heating Inc., Plattsburgh, $93,416; and L.H. Laplante Co. Inc., Plattsburgh, $99,700. Electrical work bids included Bill Jabaut Electrical,Plattsburgh, $80,900; Mountain Lake Electric Inc., Plattsburgh, $97,450; and Harold R. Clune Inc., Ballston Spa, $124,800.
Bids for plumbing work came in from Brockway Mechanical Systems Inc., Plattsburgh, $24,250, and L.H. Laplante Co. Inc., Plattsburgh, $25,600.
Bids for civil engineering work came in from Murnane Building Contractors, Plattsburgh, $813,034, with additional items amounting to $36,272; Conroy and Conroy Contractors Inc., Plattsburgh, $990,762, with additional items amounting to $45,376; and Neagley and Chase Construction Company, S. Burlington, Vt., $907,130, with additional items amounting to $57,618.
“We’ve got several options to look at, several things we can do,”
said Rivers, who noted the village committee overseeing the project is expected to meet with Erdman Anthony Monday, Aug. 22.
The restoration project was awarded a $832,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation and $95,000 Congressional earmark from then Rep. John M. McHugh, in 2009. However, one snag in the restoration efforts, said Rivers, has been requirements from some of the funding sources that the circa-1885 building remain true to its historical character, down to the windows throughout the building.
Though the village would be able to purchase energy-efficient windows through the Independent Energy Efficiency Program at no cost to taxpayers, said Rivers, state funding requires the village restore the existing original windows in the building.
“Marvin can make windows that will look exactly like what’s there only they’ll be thermal-pane and we’d get them for nothing,”
said Rivers, who expressed his displeasure with the state funding restrictions.
Rivers said he is suggesting a meeting be called with the state Historic Preservation Office in Saratoga Springs to discuss the matter and potentially save thousands of dollars off the price tag for the project, which was last estimated at a little less than $1 million.
The work to be performed includes replacing the existing roof, repairing drainage, chimney work and façade improvements. The restoration would aim to develop the building, at least in part, into a museum of the village's history, which has centered a great deal on the railroad.