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Hampton Inn blueprints presented to Potsdam Planning Board

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POTSDAM - An engineer from a Syracuse-based firm took the first step Thursday night toward the construction of a Hampton Inn at 167 and 169 Market St.

Amy Franco of Clough Harbor & Associates presented the blueprints for the Hampton Inn to the village of Potsdam’s Planning Board for a preliminary review before officially submitting the proposal to both the Potsdam village and St. Lawrence County planning boards.

The plan calls for a three-story, 95-room hotel to be constructed on the current site of Ton’s Sports Bar and Scoopuccino’s.

The cost of the hotel is expected to run between $6 and $7 million and is a project of the Corning-based hotel management company Vision Hotels.

Ms. Franco could not provide a specific time-table for the project. but said she hopes to move ahead as quickly as possible with the plan.

“I think we’re shooting for the next (planning board meeting) to have an application in, but we also need to get it into the county,” Ms. Franco said. “(Summer construction) would be optimistic.”

The board critiqued the plan for its lack of sidewalks on Market Street and the lack of specified lot coverage, which means the percent of the property that is covered by a building or a hard surface such as pavement.

Board member Ted Prahl noted that because the village is trying to lay sidewalks on Market Street, it is requiring all new buildings to construct sidewalks. In regards to lot coverage, Mr. Brihal said the village requires a developer to cover no more than 60 percent of the property with structures or pavement in that area.

The board also looked at the possibility of expanding a small back road that currently connects the Asian Buffet and Mongolian Grill to the Potsdam Shopping Center. Board members wanted to see that road extended to reach Sisson Street in an effort to relieve traffic on Market Street.

“Basically, it’s a relief effort. It takes pressure off of Market Street, because if you’ve got someone that’s staying at the Hampton and they want to drive 20 feet to McDonald’s, you don’t want them going on Market Street,” Frederick Hanss, director of the Planning and Development for Potsdam said.

However, after reviewing the blueprints, board members concluded that an extension of that road may not be feasible, due to a pond and the McDonald’s parking lot blocking the path.

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