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Potsdam couple unveils plan for Leishman Point in Waddington


WADDINGTON – The town council received yet another proposal to develop its properties Monday.

G2G, Inc., founders Rebecca A. and Jeffrey A. Gerrish, Potsdam, hope to develop Leishman Point and nearby River Road parcels into a four-season campground and renovate the Clark House into a hotel and conference center.

The project’s first phase would include the installation of 22 RV sites with full hook ups, 22 campsites and 14 insulated cabins throughout Leishman Point and along the River Road.

The project would also include a parking lot, concrete tent pad, and four restroom and shower facilities.

“We see these key town-owned locations joined with our business model as creating an area attraction and destination for tourists, fishermen, families and adventurists,” Mrs. Gerrish said Monday.

G2G would start “small,” by building 14 cabins and then develop more sites as the popularity of the campground increases, Mr. Gerrish said.

Meanwhile, The Clark House would be renovated into an 18-room hotel, with conference accommodations, a dining room and bistro. The hotel would be supported by the town’s old town hall, which would act as a banquet and event facility, Mr. Gerrish said.

According to Mr. Gerrish, the town would still maintain ownership of the properties, but would “share in a portion of the revenue” generated by the new facilities.

In the event the projects fail, Mr. Gerrish assured town council members that “there would be no losses incurred by the town.”

The new proposal would take three years to complete. The total cost of the project has yet to be determined, Mr. Gerrish said. Over the next few months, Mr. Gerrish and Mrs. Gerrish said they will be determining the financial feasibility of the project and working with the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency and Industrial Development Agency to obtain additional funding.

Earlier this year, G2G Inc. proposed a 45,000-square-foot, 60-room economy class franchise hotel and conference center on Leishman Point.

“We found that there were no overnight travelers to Waddington,” Mr. Gerrish. said “Instead, we decided to focus on Waddington’s destination travelers.”

G2G Inc. also proposed a four-story, 60-room Country Hearth Inn & Suites in Potsdam. The 45,000-square-foot, $7.4 million hotel with a 300-person banquet facility, but was rejected due to lack of private sector investments.

“Potsdam is in our rearview mirror now,” Mr. Gerrish said. “We are fully committed to Waddington.”

Some residents seemed to agree with the plan, while others had concerns about the increase traffic within the village and town.

“We don’t want to change the chemistry of the area,” Mr. Gerrish said. “We want the proposal to have the support of the citizens of Waddington.”

The council agreed to hear more of the proposal as it develops over the coming months before taking any action.

“This multi-faceted development has the potential to bring in significant revenue for the town, while furthering economic development,” according to Town Supervisor Mark Scott. “I look forward to hearing more in the future as the plan develops.”

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