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Don’t look for look for a hotel to set up on Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority anytime soon.

A request for proposal sent out in July to developers and hotel corporations yielded no replies by last Wednesday’s deadline.

OBPA Executive Director Wade A. Davis isn’t giving up.

”While obviously the authority is disappointed there were no responses to the first round of the hotel request for proposal, Ogdensburg and the greater north country region have an ever-increasing need for tourism-related infrastructure to support the region becoming an overnight destination,” he said.

The authority is promoting the lease or sale of an 11.6-acre parcel of property at routes 37 and 812 for development of a hotel with additional space for retail and commercial businesses and restaurants.

A 45-page, OBPA-commissioned report by Fisher Associates of Rochester reached a conclusion that the authority has three properties that are suitable for hotel development.

They are the routes 37/812 site, a 6.5-acre parcel of Kendricks Street overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the 12-acre parcel at Bridge Plaza where the OBPA offices are located.

The Fisher Associates report concluded that the routes 37/812 site had “higher potential” for development because of its proximity to traffic on Route 37 and, via Route 812, the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge. Mr. Davis said that a hotel would be a much-needed economic shot in the arm for both the city of Ogdensburg and the region.

“The regional economy continues to experience difficult economic conditions and the Authority is one of many North Country entities working hard to improve out economic future,” he said

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