City of Plattsburgh, New York
Plattsburgh’s City Beach property is a focal point for tourism, attracting visitors from both the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the natural beach along Lake Champlain, the property includes the Crete Center, a 30,000 square foot multipurpose facility used for recreation and special events. Though the beach has maintained its status as a recreational destination, the Crete Center will soon outlive its usefulness if substantial renovations are not done. After years of previous planning studies and other visioning efforts that looked to optimize the potential of Plattsburgh’s unrivaled location along Lake Champlain and the Saranac River, the City enlisted the services of Saratoga Associates to assist in creating a holistic vision for the future of their waterfront.
A feasibility study which included an assessment of the entire property, provided redevelopment ideas, and developed visions for the future of the property that both included and removed the Crete Center was developed for the City. The preferred concept provides enhanced open space with a focus on community recreation. A multipurpose performance pavilion is provided in place of the Crete Center, new waterfront buildings enhance the beach, piers are provided, and a wetland trail network and nature center to enhance educational opportunities. Cost estimates were developed for the mitigation, remediation, renovation and restoration of the property, including the redevelopment options for the Crete Center.
Saratoga Associates worked with the City and community members to develop a vision that would guide the creation of vibrant destinations for the economic benefit and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. By melding the ideas of previous plans with input from the community, the firm was able to efficiently finalize the Draft LWRP Document. The City now has a coherent vision for the waterfront that can be used to attract future public and private development related to recreational, open space, and economic development opportunities, which prioritize public access to the waterfront and consider the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the City.
The State of New York’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), which provides a step-by- step process for communities to advance their planning efforts from vision to reality, advanced the City’s vision. Saratoga Associates worked closely with the City, the public, and the NYS Department of State, who funded the project.