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Plattsburgh officials, community members debate fate of the Crete – North Country Public Radio

The City of Plattsburgh Common Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to initiate the process of demolishing the Crete Civic Center. Photo: Cara Chapman

There’s a debate going on in Plattsburgh about what to do with a long-standing athletic complex.

The Crete Civic Center is a multi-use building that was given to the city almost 50 years ago to host community events. Rush, Johnny Cash and Blue Oyster Cult played there in the 1970s. It’s now best known for the occasional craft fair and indoor sports leagues during the winter.

But over the years it’s fallen into disrepair. City Mayor Chris Rosenquest has said it would take $350,000 just to get it back open for the upcoming winter sports season. And he’s said he doesn’t want to invest money in a building the city intends to demolish.

Tonight, the City of Plattsburgh Common Council is set to vote on whether to hire a consultant to oversee analysis, planning and oversight of the Crete Center’s demolition. Rosenquest said this is essentially the first step toward tearing down the building.

Cara ChapmanPlattsburgh officials, community members debate fate of the Crete

Reporter Kelly O’Brien of WCAX-TV has been following this story. She told Cara Chapman the city’s been trying to figure out what to do with the Crete Center for years. Their conversation has been lightly edited for clarity.

KELLY O’BRIEN: Ultimately, the city says it costs a lot of money to run and maintain the Crete Center, but it doesn’t bring in that same kind of money. It usually ends up in the red each year, according to the mayor. As for the shape of the building, it’s actually closed right now. The mayor says there was an electrical fire back in May that left the building without power. He says the building inspector looked through the building and found mold, structure cracks, cockroaches and other health hazards. 

CARA CHAPMAN: How did the Crete Center get to this point? Did it happen overnight? 

O’BRIEN: I would say it happened more over time rather than overnight. I spoke with Steve Peters, who used to run the Recreation Department in the city and oversee the Crete Center. He now runs Adirondack Coast Sports, which hosts the indoor sports league that uses the Crete during the winter. When I spoke with him, he said little cuts here or there from the budget over the decades sounded like a good idea to council members at the time. But he says the problem with those little cuts is they were never replaced, which led to a lack of maintenance and upkeep. Peters was very vocal about why he thinks the Crete Center should stay open, but also how he doesn’t think it’s the current installment of councilors who made it this way. It was years — if not …….

Source: https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/46573/20220915/plattsburgh-officials-community-members-debate-fate-of-the-crete

The City of Plattsburgh Common Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to initiate the process of demolishing the Crete Civic Center. Photo: Cara Chapman

Sep 15, 2022 —

There’s a debate going on in Plattsburgh about what to do with a long-standing athletic complex.

The Crete Civic Center is a multi-use building that was given to the city almost 50 years ago to host community events. Rush, Johnny Cash and Blue Oyster Cult played there in the 1970s. It’s now best known for the occasional craft fair and indoor sports leagues during the winter.

But over the years it’s fallen into disrepair. City Mayor Chris Rosenques…….

The City of Plattsburgh Common Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to initiate the process of demolishing the Crete Civic Center. Photo: Cara Chapman

Sep 15, 2022 —

There’s a debate going on in Plattsburgh about what to do with a long-standing athletic complex.

The Crete Civic Center is a multi-use building that was given to the city almost 50 years ago to host community events. Rush, Johnny Cash and Blue Oyster Cult played there in the 1970s. It’s now best known for the occasional craft fair and indoor sports leagues during the winter.

But over the years it’s fallen into disrepair. City Mayor Chris Rosenques…….

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