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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 in a project to build a Hampton Inn on Market Street.

Amy Franco of Clough Harbor & Associates presented blueprints for the hotel to the village Planning Board for a preliminary review before officially submitting the proposal to the village of Potsdam and the St. Lawrence County Planning Board.

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, 167 and 169 Market St.

The hotel is expected to cost $6 million to $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 in to the county,” Ms. Franco said, adding that summer construction “would be optimistic.”

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

Board member Theodore C. 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. Prahl 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 ease 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,” said Frederick Hanss, director of Planning and Development for Potsdam.

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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