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Potsdam plans subdivision on recently purchased land

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POTSDAM — Village officials plan to develop recently purchased land into a subdivision as part of a new effort to encourage people to move to Potsdam.

Potsdam purchased a water tower off Route 56 last fall for $697,000. The three-year-old, 300,000-gallon tower, originally part of the Lowe’s store development, will give the village better water pressure and fire protection, Administrator David H. Fenton previously said.

More than 20 acres came with the tower, Mr. Fenton said. The village Board of Trustees will vote Monday on spending $4,500 to complete planning and engineering surveys for the land.

Officials want to subdivide the land to accommodate up to two dozen single-family homes, Mr. Fenton said.

“The ultimate goal is to get that to taxable property,” he said. “We certainly don’t need all this land by the water tower.”

Officials would like to have the engineering work completed by the end of the summer and start building infrastructure this fall. New home construction could start next year, Mr. Fenton said.

The new development will be a “build it and they will come” effort, according to Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis.

“It is a beautiful piece of property, and I think it may provide that kind of lots that some people want if they are considering a custom-built home,” Mr. Yurgartis said in an email.

It is hoped the development will restart home building in Potsdam, he said.

“There has been little housing development in the village over the past decade. The village board wants that to change,” Mr. Yurgartis said in the email. “We understand living in the village is not for everyone, but it also has many things going for it, and we want folks to know what we have to offer.”

“More people living in the village means a livelier place, even nicer neighborhoods, more business and a bigger tax base,” he added.

The village also plans to debut a series of housing incentives, Mr. Yurgartis said. The incentives will aim to encourage moving to Potsdam by offering tax abatements, grants, loans, employer-assisted housing, financing help and coordination with real estate brokers.

The village also will start a Web page listing the available incentives over the next few months.

“We still have a lot of organizing to do,” Mr. Yurgartis said.

“Some of the incentives are still in the ‘wish list’ stage.”

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