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Public's input sought for future development plans

ROUSES POINT - The village of Rouses Point is working on a development strategy for the village that is hoped to spur economic growth while remaining true to the character of the community.

Community development director Melissa M. McManus said the village has contracted with The Development Corporation, Plattsburgh, to develop a community redevelopment strategy. The strategy, which is of no cost to the village taxpayers due to the TDC donating its services, sought the input of residents during a Feb. 12 meeting. Residents were invited to share their knowledge of vacant and underdeveloped properties in and around the village and what they would like to see done with them in the future.

According to TDC president Ador F. Kurtz, industry and hotels were among the chief suggestions for businesses that could locate to the area. The idea behind having more lodging within the village, she said, would be to capitalize on tourists crossing the Canada and Vermont borders and those who work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services, who may typically stay at lodging in the Plattsburgh area and other points south.

"We really thought that those were important things we needed to look for as potential uses," she said.

Discussion at the meeting included several things to consider when developing parcels, such as proximity to wetlands, access to railroad lines and major roadways, and municipal water, sewer and electric services. That information, coupled with maintaining a running list of available properties would be part of the strategic plan to provide potential developers, said McManus.

"When a developer is looking at the area, they want information about services that are available and it's important that be ready for them," she said."What we'll have is information that answers those questions - what's available, what the cost would be of accessing those services, and how long it would take."

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