Construction on Hotel Flanagan resume...

Construction on Hotel Flanagan resumes after hiatus

There are 74 comments on the Press-Republican story from Mar 23, 2009, titled Construction on Hotel Flanagan resumes after hiatus. In it, Press-Republican reports that:

About 25 people, including Malone-area Realtors, elected officials and community leaders, toured the chilly Hotel Flanagan with its owners Monday.

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taxpayer

New York, NY

#64 Aug 27, 2009
Boo yea wrote:
The Flanagan will remain exactly as it is now. A four-story pigeon-shit receptacle.
Let's hope the hotel will eventually be finished, in the meantime it is not the ruin it was before because the last developer cleaned it up and got rid of the rats and abestos.
bogeyman

Hagaman, NY

#65 Sep 3, 2009
from press-republican today:

MALONE The Village of Malone was awarded $2.1 million for renovations at the Hotel Flanagan, considered the lynch pin for redevelopment in downtown Malone.

Imperial Industrial Park in the City of Plattsburgh and the Ausable Horse Nail Co. complex in the Village of Keeseville also received money in the third round of the Restore NY Program, announced Wednesday by Gov. David A. Paterson.

In all, 79 projects across the state received $153.6 million to revitalize communities, stabilize neighborhoods and invite investment.

FLANAGAN
The Flanagan project has been on hold more than a year when the sagging economy discouraged bankers from loaning UICC Holding Corp. LLC the money it needed to complete the proposed Best Western Flanagan and Hotel Suites.

Last month, the property was sold at a foreclosure auction and secured for $500,000 by Stone Mountain Prime LLC, which holds the mortgage.

UICC and its president, Frank Cositore Jr., had 30 days until Sept. 6 to pay off the mortgage to retain the property.

Cositore announced more than a year ago that an unnamed investor in London was going to loan UICC $13.6 million to finish the $20 million project.

But he has not seen any of it.

About $4 million has already been spent cleaning out the accumulated debris, removing the windows, fixing the roof and testing for asbestos. Floors have been removed, electrical work has been done, and the outside brick has been painted.

The grant application states that the $2,164,751 awarded will be used toward converting the Flanagan into a 101-room hotel with street-level commercial space.

The complex is expected to include a restaurant and nightclub, serve high-end clientele and host conferences and national events.

"The community has identified downtown revitalization as a priority economic-development strategy, and the hotel's high visibility and connection to local history make it a key component to the success of downtown," the state's news release reads.

"I can tell you how I feel fantastic," Malone Village Board member Susan Hafter said Wednesday. "We've worked long and hard, but it shows you the meaning of tenacity when there were so many times you could've given up."

She said the village and town jointly investing in a comprehensive economic-development strategy through Camoin Associates "was the key piece that brought it all together. And I think the bank will put more money into it now that it sees the state has given some."

Village Mayor Brent Stewart said having Malone snag such a big grant "is exceptional."

He said the decisions about which projects got funding seemed to be based on restoration of existing, older buildings, rather than financing new ones.

Stewart also credited Camoin Associates for its work on this grant and others that the village recently saw approved for Main Street revitalization and water-delivery improvements.

Greater Malone Chamber of Commerce Director Hugh Hill said he was ecstatic when he heard about the Flanagan funding.

"I think this was the right time and the right project. And do you realize in the past few weeks, Malone has received $3.2 million in grant money? Something's working in our favor. This is going to help restore and revitalize a part of downtown Malone, and I think it's really going to leverage more private investment."
pmp727

United States

#66 Sep 3, 2009
Sweet.
fred

United States

#67 Sep 3, 2009
not gona happen.
MamaKat3

Syracuse, NY

#69 Sep 3, 2009
I guess I have a hard time understanding why someone from the city would choose to move to Malone, NY and try to refurbish a heaping pile of garbage that, even before it burned, was an eyesore. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.
taxpayer

New York, NY

#70 Sep 3, 2009
MamaKat3 wrote:
I guess I have a hard time understanding why someone from the city would choose to move to Malone, NY and try to refurbish a heaping pile of garbage that, even before it burned, was an eyesore. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.
Thank God someone came from Long Island (not the city) to show us what we have here and demonstrate vision!
When you can't or won't dream, you are as good as dead.
City Slicker

Hartwick, NY

#71 Sep 3, 2009
Hey Taxpayer!

Dem Long Islanders speek funnier den dis kid frum Brooklyn does.

:) LOL

I wonder why I came to the Malone area also. Rumor has it... that I am in the Federal Witness Protection Program. LMAO!!!
rozShoem

Fairport, NY

#72 Sep 26, 2009
yuck wrote:
TEAR IT DOWN. BUILD AFFORDABLE AND DECENT HOUSING FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE. This is what Malone needs.
Malone needs more low-income people?
rozShoem

Fairport, NY

#73 Sep 26, 2009
MamaKat3 wrote:
I guess I have a hard time understanding why someone from the city would choose to move to Malone, NY and try to refurbish a heaping pile of garbage that, even before it burned, was an eyesore. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.
Someone would do this because they see restoration of the Flanagan as a lucrative, worthwhile project after the initial investment of time, effort and money. Someone on this site is suggesting that the village instead is in need of more low-income housing. While it is important to have sufficient housing for low-income people in Malone.....to build additional low-income housing would create a situation whereby no-income and low-income individuals would move to Malone from other parts of NYS and elsewhere. The needs of this influx of poor will negatively impact Franklin County's already strained budget for social services. It will also cause tax increase for those already paying taxes in Malone. School taxes will increase to accommodate additional students moving into the area. The restoration of the Flanagan would promote tourism. Many places in rural communities in NYS have hired consultants to determine how to build tourism. They consider the assets and attractions they already possess and combine this with a needs assessment to determine what is needed develop tourism. Malone like other communities will benefit from identifying and developing ideas to bring money into their area rather than focusing on ways to spend money on projects that will drain their already stressed budgets. Malone has many undeveloped assests. Malone is a diamond in the rough.
The Citizens Voice

New York, NY

#74 Sep 26, 2009
rozShoem wrote:
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Someone would do this because they see restoration of the Flanagan as a lucrative, worthwhile project after the initial investment of time, effort and money. Someone on this site is suggesting that the village instead is in need of more low-income housing. While it is important to have sufficient housing for low-income people in Malone.....to build additional low-income housing would create a situation whereby no-income and low-income individuals would move to Malone from other parts of NYS and elsewhere. The needs of this influx of poor will negatively impact Franklin County's already strained budget for social services. It will also cause tax increase for those already paying taxes in Malone. School taxes will increase to accommodate additional students moving into the area. The restoration of the Flanagan would promote tourism. Many places in rural communities in NYS have hired consultants to determine how to build tourism. They consider the assets and attractions they already possess and combine this with a needs assessment to determine what is needed develop tourism. Malone like other communities will benefit from identifying and developing ideas to bring money into their area rather than focusing on ways to spend money on projects that will drain their already stressed budgets. Malone has many undeveloped assests. Malone is a diamond in the rough.
BRAVO! Excellent post. It's nice to know I am not the only one here who believes Malone can be better than it is now.
taxpayer

New York, NY

#75 Sep 26, 2009
rozShoem wrote:
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Someone would do this because they see restoration of the Flanagan as a lucrative, worthwhile project after the initial investment of time, effort and money. Someone on this site is suggesting that the village instead is in need of more low-income housing. While it is important to have sufficient housing for low-income people in Malone.....to build additional low-income housing would create a situation whereby no-income and low-income individuals would move to Malone from other parts of NYS and elsewhere. The needs of this influx of poor will negatively impact Franklin County's already strained budget for social services. It will also cause tax increase for those already paying taxes in Malone. School taxes will increase to accommodate additional students moving into the area. The restoration of the Flanagan would promote tourism. Many places in rural communities in NYS have hired consultants to determine how to build tourism. They consider the assets and attractions they already possess and combine this with a needs assessment to determine what is needed develop tourism. Malone like other communities will benefit from identifying and developing ideas to bring money into their area rather than focusing on ways to spend money on projects that will drain their already stressed budgets. Malone has many undeveloped assests. Malone is a diamond in the rough.
What a breath of fresh air it is to hear such a sensible post! Thanks...
MamaKat3

Syracuse, NY

#76 Sep 26, 2009
rozShoem wrote:
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Someone would do this because they see restoration of the Flanagan as a lucrative, worthwhile project after the initial investment of time, effort and money. Someone on this site is suggesting that the village instead is in need of more low-income housing. While it is important to have sufficient housing for low-income people in Malone.....to build additional low-income housing would create a situation whereby no-income and low-income individuals would move to Malone from other parts of NYS and elsewhere. The needs of this influx of poor will negatively impact Franklin County's already strained budget for social services. It will also cause tax increase for those already paying taxes in Malone. School taxes will increase to accommodate additional students moving into the area. The restoration of the Flanagan would promote tourism. Many places in rural communities in NYS have hired consultants to determine how to build tourism. They consider the assets and attractions they already possess and combine this with a needs assessment to determine what is needed develop tourism. Malone like other communities will benefit from identifying and developing ideas to bring money into their area rather than focusing on ways to spend money on projects that will drain their already stressed budgets. Malone has many undeveloped assests. Malone is a diamond in the rough.
I hope so. I would really love to see something good come of Malone. Maybe I had a hard time understanding why someone would move to Malone because I have lived her most of my life (moved away for college and other adventures for a few years) and have seen the area decline. It really upsets me to see people just hanging on the Main strip, not working, nothing to do, nowhere to go. Where do they all come from? They really portray a bad image of this town. Imagine yourself, not knowing anything about Malone, driving through town and seeing vacant buildings and swarms of people just hanging around doing nothing. What would your first impression be? I really do hope Malone will change for the better. Thanks for opening my eyes to the possibilities! I guess I was blinded by doubt....but I know for a fact I am not the only one!
The Citizens Voice

New York, NY

#77 Sep 26, 2009
Mama, you are right. You are not the only one. I have been fighting this negativity o here for awhile now. It is one of the main reasons I started http://www.therealmaloneny.com

You know how they say a person needs to hit rock bottom before understanding how much they need to change their ways? I think that recently happened to Malone, and only better days are on the horizon. Thanks to people like Frank Cositore, Hugh Hill, Chris Labarge and others who have a vision and a plan to improve Malone one spot at a time, how can we continue to be negative?
Andrea Stewart

United States

#78 Sep 26, 2009
rozShoem wrote:
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Someone would do this because they see restoration of the Flanagan as a lucrative, worthwhile project after the initial investment of time, effort and money. Someone on this site is suggesting that the village instead is in need of more low-income housing. While it is important to have sufficient housing for low-income people in Malone.....to build additional low-income housing would create a situation whereby no-income and low-income individuals would move to Malone from other parts of NYS and elsewhere. The needs of this influx of poor will negatively impact Franklin County's already strained budget for social services. It will also cause tax increase for those already paying taxes in Malone. School taxes will increase to accommodate additional students moving into the area. The restoration of the Flanagan would promote tourism. Many places in rural communities in NYS have hired consultants to determine how to build tourism. They consider the assets and attractions they already possess and combine this with a needs assessment to determine what is needed develop tourism. Malone like other communities will benefit from identifying and developing ideas to bring money into their area rather than focusing on ways to spend money on projects that will drain their already stressed budgets. Malone has many undeveloped assests. Malone is a diamond in the rough.
Well stated, I agree wholeheartedly, and commend you for posting what I believe, and have felt for a very long time. Anytime that someone wants to bring private enterprise to the area, we all benefit. Government should not be our sole provider of jobs, services, benefits or housing. Malone has been identifying those needs and assets, and it takes time to "plant those seeds" and see our economy grow. I, for one, thank you for your statement, and the other posters positive ones as well.

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