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Elan Planning

Oneontans Are Invited To Open House Next Thursday

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON CITY FUTURE

Oneontans Are Invited

To Open House Jan. 18

Images from artwork in the City of Oneonta’s downtown walkway.

ONEONTA –  Citizens are invited to stop by an open house at the Wilber Mansion from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, and give their reaction to initial conclusions about the city’s Comprehensive Plan Update.

The open house format will allow community members to visit a number of “interactive stations” set up throughout CANO headquarters at 11 Ford Ave. and use pens, markets and Post-It notes to comment, share ideas and mark up maps.

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Housing Dominates Talk At First Comprehensive Plan Meeting

Housing Dominates As

Planning Gets Underway

Seth Clark of Peter Clark Student Housing tells his colleagues on the City of Oneonta’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee how the loss of Center Street School resulted in the decline of that Center City residential neighborhood.   When he was growing up there, his family’s neighbors were primarily tenured professors at the college, he said.  Now, fellow committee member and Realtor Joan Fox pointed out, lower-paid adjuncts sometimes can’t qualify for mortgages.  That led to discussion of a range of housing issues, including faculty and executive recruits choosing not to accept college or hospital job offers because of the lack of housing, and professors choosing to commute from the Albany suburbs, New Hartford and Vestal, rather than moving here.  Amid this shortage, it was noted, there are 100 vacant houses in the city.  Listening are committee members Rachel Lutz Jessup of Destination Oneonta, the local manger of the Bank of Cooperstown; Bob Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director, and Fox. The committee had its first meeting Monday evening, led by Elan Planning’s Nicolette Wagoner and Susan Caruvana, who helped with Cooperstown’s Comprehensive Plan last year, and are also working with Richfield Springs and Schenevus.  They have already planned housing and parking studies as part of the comp plan’s development.  The city’s master plan update, which will take about a year, is paid for mostly by a state grant obtained by Otsego New CEO Sandy Mathes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Full Story In This Week’s Hometown Oneonta

On Newsstands Wednesday Afternoon

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90 Attend ‘Community Open House,’ Pen Remarks On Cooperstown Future

90 Attend ‘Community Open House,’

Pen Remarks On Cooperstown Future

Sydney Waller's dog Friday was the sole four-legged attendee at a "Community Open House" Thursday at the Cooperstown fire hall, but 90 human beings also attended.  They left remarks on 16 "idea stations" that will be folded into the Comprehensive Plan Update process.  Lisa Nagle of Elan Planning, Saratoga Springs, said her group will be reporting back to the public in early fall, with the plan due for completion next spring.  (Jim Kevlin /allotsego.com)
Sydney Waller’s dog Friday was the sole four-legged attendee at a “Community Open House” Thursday at the Cooperstown fire hall, but 90 human beings also attended. They left remarks on 16 “idea stations” that will be folded into the Comprehensive Plan Update process. Lisa Nagle of Elan Planning, Saratoga Springs, said her group will be reporting back to the public in early fall, with the plan due for completion next spring. (Jim Kevlin /allotsego.com)
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WHITHER COOPERSTOWN?

WHITHER COOPERSTOWN?

Attend Thursday’s Community Open House

To Help Chart Future Of Baseball Town, USA

Cooperstown is a busy place during Induction Weekend, but what about the rest of the year? Provide your inputs at a Community Open House 11 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow at the fire house on Chestnut Street. (allotsego.com photo)
Cooperstown is a busy place during Induction Weekend, but what about the rest of the year? Provide your inputs at a Community Open House 11 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow at the fire house on Chestnut Street. (allotsego.com photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • from The Freeman’s Journal

Elan Planning principal Lisa Nagle addresses last October's "charrette" at CCS. She will be on hand to answer questions at Thursday Community Open House.; (allotsego.com photo)
Elan Planning principal Lisa Nagle addresses last October’s “charrette” at CCS. She will be on hand to answer questions at Thursday’s Community Open House.; (allotsego.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Last October, a two-day “charrette” – a planning exercise – sought inputs from 60 participants on what Cooperstown’s future should hold.

In the eight months since, Elan Planning staffers and a community advisory board have been reviewing the results, and will lay out preliminary conclusions at an all-day Community Open House, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the fire hall on Chestnut Street.

There, attendees – and planners are encouraging everyone to attend – will find a series of “idea stations” based on “nodes” suggested at the charrettes:  Doubleday Field, Lakefront Park, the Railroad Avenue area and others.   Attendees are encouraged to write  their comments or reactions on Post-In Note pages at each station.

There’s also a set of stations for children, said Elan planner Sue Caruvana: “We’re encouraging people to bring their kids along, to get them involved.  They can either write comments or draw pictures.”

“You can be there five minutes.  You can be there two hours,” said Otsego Now COO Elizabeth Horvath, a member of the advisory committee.  “You can talk to anyone.  You don’t have to talk to anyone.”

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Planners Suggest ‘Green Apron’ From Main Street To Doubleday

Planners Suggest ‘Green Apron’

From Main Street To Doubleday

Larry Bennett, Ommegang's director of communications, voices support for reactivating the rail line as part of the redevelopment of the Railroad Avenue neighborhood.   Sitting in front of him are, from left, Tom Langan, Bill an Karen Streck, Melinda and Lou Allstadt, Wendell Tripp and Ellen Pope.  Behind him are Maryanne Bez and Mike Jerome.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Larry Bennett, Ommegang’s director of communications, voices support for reactivating the rail line as part of the redevelopment of the Railroad Avenue neighborhood. Sitting in front of him are, from left, Tom Langan, Bill and Karen Streck, Melinda and Lou Allstadt, and Wendell Tripp.  To his left is Otsego 2000’s Ellen Pope; behind him are Maryanne Bez and Mike Jerome. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com

Elan's Lisa Nagle says the state's book listing available grants is "this thick," and her firm will help connect the Village of Cooperstown with state money on a continuing basis.
Elan’s Lisa Nagle says the state’s book listing available grants is “this thick,” and her firm will help connect the Village of Cooperstown with state money on a continuing basis.

COOPERSTOWN – Having learned Monday evening that local folks consider Doubleday Field a major “icon” and “destination,” Elan‘s planners this evening proposed a “green apron” leading from Main Street to the front door of baseball’s foremost shrine, dissecting the 130-car parking lot.

Instead of dodging cars pulling in and out of parking spaces, fans and tourists could stroll up to the “Home of Baseball” – as Doubleday is being called these days (rather than “birthplace”) – along a 12-foot-wide walkway lined by a grassy strip where youngsters (and not-so-youngsters) might be tossing a ball back and forth.

To the west, where the village’s Chestnut Street lot and Vinnie Russo’s private parking lot are now, perhaps there would be a parking deck, low-slung and landscaped, replacing the 30 spaces that would be eaten up by the “green apron” and adding many more.

Emcee Lisa Nagle, Elan Planning’s principal partner, emphasized this evening’s presentation was an initial effort to respond in an initial way to inputs provided by a 90 participants in Monday’s visioning session and not carved in concrete.  It was part two of a two-part “Design Charrette.”

The Doubleday piece was perhaps the most dramatic of a number of ideas the Elan team presented in four areas of interest.   All of the ideas, with related maps, drawings and charts, will be posted in the next few days on a web site the planners are setting up specifically for that purpose.  The other three areas are as follows:

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90 People Envision Future At Community Discussion

90 People Envision Future

At Cooperstown ‘Charrette’

Scott Curtis, left, led discussion at his table at tonight's community visioning session in the CCS cafeteria.  Other participants at his table included Jim Donley and Steve Mahlum, facing camera, and Randy Velez, foreground.  Cooperstown should be "the envy of other communities, not despised by other communities," Curtis reported back to the reassembled gathering of 90-some residents.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Scott Curtis, left, led discussion at his table at tonight’s community visioning session in the CCS cafeteria. Other participants at his table included Jim Donley and Steve Mahlum, facing camera, and Randy Velez, foreground. Cooperstown should be “the envy of other communities, not despised by other communities,” Curtis reported back to the reassembled gathering of 90-some residents. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com

CCS senior Bella Anania reported back for her high school discussion group, saying they would like to see more jobs and more entertainment year-'round in 10 years.
CCS senior Bella Anania reported back for her high school discussion group, saying they would like to see more jobs and more entertainment year-’round in 10 years.

COOPERSTOWN – Close to 90 people spent two hours at this evening’s “Design Charrette,” detailing and discussing the pros, cons, dreams and fears of “America’s Most Perfect Village,” as a community visioning effort got underway.

“A lot of community happened around this room,” declared Lisa Nagle, a principal in Elan Planning, Saratoga Springs, when the session in the CCS cafeteria was over.  The goal is to develop an updated Community Plan by next spring; the current version dates from 1994.

There were many common streams in the structured conversation as the audience broke up into nine discussion groups. Cooperstown is quaint and historic, but also a “Jekyll and Hyde” community that’s boring in the winter months.

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Public Invited To Tonight’s ‘Charrette’ To Help Chart Cooperstown’s Future

Public Invited To Tonight’s ‘Charrette’

To Help Chart Cooperstown’s Future

COOPERSTOWN – The public is invited to a “Design Charrette” 6-8 p.m. this evening in the Cooperstown Middle/High School cafeteria, guided by Elan Planning of Saratoga Springs.

The goal of the structured discussion under the guidance of Elan principal Lisa Nagle will be to develop a number of consensus goals for Cooperstown’s future.

Nagle and her team will report back on the outcomes of tonight’s meeting at another meeting, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, also at the CCS cafeteria.

Outcome Of Discussion Will Be Posted Here Later Tonight

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COOPERSTOWN FOLLOWS LEAD OF COUNCIL BLUFFS’ PLANNING

COOPERSTOWN FOLLOWS LEAD

OF COUNCIL BLUFFS’ PLANNING

This is one of three  potential Design Scenarios the project team developed for Council Bluffs, Iowa,  based on the input provided during the Design Charrette, stakeholder interviews and community surveys.  The Village of Cooperstown is undergoing the same process, with publi-input meetings planned 6-8 Monday and Wednesday in Cooperstown Central School's cafetera.
This is one of three potential Design Scenarios the project team developed for Council Bluffs, Iowa, based on the input provided during the Design Charrette, stakeholder interviews and community surveys. The Village of Cooperstown is undergoing the same process, with public-input meetings planned 6-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday in Cooperstown Central School’s cafeteria.

COOPERSTOWN – These links, connecting to the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Nonpareil newspaper, detail how the public-input sessions conducted by Elan Planning of Saratoga Springs proceeded in that city of 60,000. Elan is conducting a similar process for Cooperstown, a collaboration of the village and the Otsego County IDA.

Workshop slated for Council Bluffs Mid-City project

Our View: Workshop tonight for Mid-City plan

Residents give input on Mid-City Neighborhood plan

A mixture of uses suggested for Mid-City Neighborhood

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WORK UNDERWAY TO UPDATE COOPERSTOWN’S MASTER PLAN

WORK UNDERWAY TO UPDATE

COOPERSTOWN’S MASTER PLAN

People To Be Surveyed Saturday At Farmers’ Market, Pioneer Park

In addition to developing market data, the Comprehensive Master Plan update will explore community support for possible development of nine "nodes" in and around the downtown.
In addition to developing market data, the Comprehensive Master Plan update will explore community support for possible development of nine “nodes” in and around the downtown.

COOPERSTOWN – The Saratoga Springs consultant hired to develop a downtown revitalization and economic development strategy will be collecting data this Saturday from residents and visitors at The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and in Pioneer Park.

Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture by the village and the county Industrial Development Agency to help solicit community input in the development of an updated Comprehensive Master Plan.

In an interview in June, Mayor Jeff Katz and IDA President Sandy Mathes outline nine “nodes” in and around Cooperstown’s downtown that are possibilities for development.  Mathes said the planning process will also develop the market data he needs to identify what kinds of projects will work and to attract investors to help develop them.

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