The City of Plattsburgh is looking to move forward after the recent decision by the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to allow the City of Plattburgh’s to serve as lead agency in the environmental review of the proposed annexation of 224 acres of land off of Rugar St. The land is owned by the City, but located currently in the Town of Plattsburgh. The City looks forward to the opportunity to finally move ahead with its proposed annexation, which will have a positive economic impact on our entire region, and will be in the overall public interest.
This project has always been about job creation, and the overall public interest. The City will be afforded the opportunity to develop previously underutilized land, and looks forward to partnerships in securing State and Federal grants to promote job creation, in attracting new businesses to the City, and improving public access to the Saranac River. Future tenants will benefit from the City's low electricity rates, which shall further incentives for businesses to locate here. We look forward to discover the best use of this land to ensure the combination of developable land and low electricity rates can be a major a job creator for our region. The City is now preparing to use its expertise to perform an environmental review of the site.
The City of Plattsburgh believes projects such as this are a tremendous asset and opportunity for collaboration within our region. The City continues to be ready and willing to work with the Town of Plattsburgh to move this process forward in the most economical and productive way possible.
Mayor Read added, "While we are a medium-sized city in terms of population, we have the unusual combination of little available land and inexpensive electricity. We have to be smart to best leverage these natural resources. Our Rugar Street project affords the City one of its best opportunities in generations to create new jobs and industry that will benefit the entire region. I am grateful that we can put this roadblock behind us and continue in our goal of increased economic prosperity for our region."