Public hearing dates for proposed Blind Bay CBP station set

CLAYTON, N.Y. (WWTI) – The United States Customs and Border Protection have set public hearing dates for its new facility it wants to construct along the St. Lawrence River.

The meeting dates will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 25 and 26 at the Cerow Recreation Park Arena in Clayton.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer has asked Customs and Border Protection to have in-person public hearings with the most recent appeal in the middle of April.

For too long, CBP has kept North Country communities in the dark on plans for the new, proposed facility, but thanks to my all-out push they will now have more transparency, more information sharing and more opportunity to participate in the decision on the siting of a new facility.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer

Politicians off both parties have been unified in their call to propose a different site due to environmental concerns. CBP has looked at the Blind Bay site along the St. Lawrence River.

CBP is currently evaluating two potential locations meeting the requirements for a proposed site. Customs and Border Patrols preferred location is an 18.9-acre undeveloped parcel of privately owned land located in the northwestern portion of the Town of Orleans in Jefferson County. This is along State Route 12 with approximately 250 linear feet of waterfront access to the St. Lawrence River at Blind Bay.

The alternate spot is an 18.7-acre parcel of partially developed land with approximately 100 linear feet of waterfront access to the St. Lawrence River located at 40263 NY-12 in Clayton.

CBP has agreed to Schumer’s requests for a public meeting and extend the public comment period to 45 days, with more details forthcoming in the next few weeks.

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