Developer Peter Edelmann, owner of the Inn at Essex and the Essex Shoppes and Cinema in Essex Junction, Vt., has plans for a 12-cinema multiplex to be located next to the northern end of the North Country Shopping Center parking lot.Edelmann
intends to submit plans to the Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board
at its April meeting.
It would be an independent theater, similar to his
theater in Essex Junction, which was the first in Vermont to offer stadium seating, he
About 2,000 seats are planned in what he
described as a first-class movie complex, including two theaters with seating for 299 people each.
MASTER PLANIn a joint venture, North Country Shopping Center owner Frank Akey and Edelmann are developing a master plan for about 80 acres of property.
Other possibilities include a grocery store and retail elements, Edelmann
"We are starting to go out and contact some other users," he
said it is likely the North Country Shopping Center
will come down at some point in the process.
"I think it's lived its useful life."Farm and Family True Value Hardware, an Akey family business, would be welcome as part of the development, Edelmann said.
"We're discussing if they want to do that.Obviously, they've been around a long time," he
said."We're not forcing anything."
was alerted to the property by a friend of his
with a real-estate company in Vermont.His
theater manager thought it was a good location for another movie complex.
"Strategically, we think it's a great location.There's great access," Edelmann
noted ferry traffic, the Canadian market and proximity to the Northway as part of the property's desirability.He
expects to begin work on the theaters as soon as the necessary approvals are obtained.