Durkee Street Site Development


This project seeks to advance development at the Durkee Street site in partnership with a private developer to be identified through an Request for Expression of Interest and Request for Proposal process, with funding commitments to a public/private partnership that achieves development and infrastructure goals reflecting community input.

Any development will be required to complement and reinforce the character and uses that exist in the Downtown, consistent with a community vision for the site, and subject to future public input.The City is  committed to ensuring that the development of Durkee Street is a true "City Center" project which includes appropriate green space, recreational opportunities, and access/view of the Saranac River.

Past Planning:

Development of Durkee Street has been the subject of significant local study and discussion. Most recently, a Development Feasibility Study was completed with funding from Empire State Development. While the study and accompanying "Durkee Street Reimagined" produced in partnership with The Chazen Company and Camoin Associates offer renderings of what a development at Durkee Street would potentially look like, the City has not begun the official planning process, instead deciding to pursue a parking study to ensure that residents and businesses downtown will have ample parking opportunities as the site is redeveloped.

Update: July 2018

On March 23rd, 2018 the City of Plattsburgh had issued an RFP for "Economic Development Consultant DRI - Durkee Street".

On June 14th, 2018 the RFP closed with multiple submittals. After the review and grading of all proposals the firm, White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, was awarded the contract to provided economic consulting to the City at the July 5th meeting of the Common Council.

Their scope of work includes:

  1. Preparation of a development prospectus describing the opportunity at Durkee Street.
  2. Preliminary identification of and outreach to potential developers to build market interest.
  3. Development and issuance of an RFP for developers to submit a proposed detailed development plan of the Durkee Street site.
  4. Help manage the selection process, culminating in negotiation and agreement with a developer, with associated public input.
  5. Development coordination with regard to public infrastructure needs (such as public parking replacement, open space approvals, consideration for parking needs of existing businesses, etc.) over the course of site construction.

Update: October 2018

On October 17, 2018 the City of Plattsburgh released an RFP for "Mixed-Use Development Opportunity For the Durkee Street Site in Downtown Plattsburgh". The RFP can be found at http://www.cityofplattsburgh.com/Bids.aspx. Responses to the RFP are due on Wednesday November, 14th at 4:00 p.m. (EST).

On October 26, 2018, the CIty hosted an information session and site walk of the Durkee Project Site for any interested party. Questions and answers from the site walk can be found with the following link, Platts.Durkee.InfoSession.SiteWalk.Meeting Notes.10.26.2018

Future Planning:

The City will ensure that the public, City residents, and Downtown businesses will have their feedback, input, and concerns taken into consideration during the Durkee Street planning & design process.  

Check back frequently as we will post any applicable documents or public meetings regarding Durkee Street project here!

Durkee Street Award

Durkee Street Award
  1. Updates
  2. Former Highway Oil
  3. Parking Study
  4. Economic Consultants
  5. Request for Proposals
The City of Plattsburgh will be partnering with Empire State Development (ESD) for the beginning phases of the Durkee Street development priority project.

On November 16th, 2017 the City of Plattsburgh Common Council approved the incentive proposal for the Durkee Street Site Development project allowing for planning, design work, and community engagement to begin.

On March 1, 2018, the Common Council accepted the final Parking Study & Assessment report from Carl Walker, Inc. view it here.

Following adoption of specific parking solutions by the City of Plattsburgh, the City will then work to issue a Request for Proposal which will retain a master design consultant/firm to help draft the RFEI/RFP for private developers.