Business is booming in the ‘burgh, say officials

The new location for a Texas Roadhouse on outer Cornelia Street is among the latest projects happening in the town of Plattsburgh. 

The new location for a Texas Roadhouse on outer Cornelia Street is among the latest projects happening in the town of Plattsburgh.  Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— 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.

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.

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