HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 10
KNITTING GROUP – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
NAVIGATORS – 8 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 5 p.m. Communication Across Barriers returns to perform training of community members who choose to become Navigators, people who choose to use their time and contacts to help neighbors in poverty. Opportunities for Otsego, 3 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Call 607-433-8005 or visit www.ofoinc.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAR. 20
SEED SWAP – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Participate in Oneonta Oasis/Seed Swap and Healthy Local Biodiversity. 3rd floor, Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/
INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT – 7 p.m. CCS Band students perform. Includes grades 5-12. Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org/march-concerts-set/#.Wp2ximrwaUk
OFO will use the grant to repair and renovate its circa 1900 residence used as the county safe house for victims of violence, including new flooring, windows and appliances.
Plan For 60 Dwelling Units In City
Long In Gestation, Developer Says
By LIBBY CUDMORE• allotsego.com
ONEONTA – When Ben Lockwood, vice president of Housing Visions, came to Oneonta six years ago, he knew he had the tools to fill a need. “I saw the Oneonta really needed housing,” he said. “The student population puts a stress on low-income residents who need access to their jobs, services and shopping.”
That project fell through. But Wednesday, at the city Planning Commission meeting, Lockwood got to present a 60-bedroom project two years in the making. “We want to be a catalyst for positive sustainable neighborhood revitalization,” he said.
Since 1990, Housing Visions has built 1,300 low-income units in Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany, Oswego, Rome and Corning.
In 2012, former city manager Mike Long and Planning Commission vice chair Gary Herzig – also chief operating officer of Opportunities for Otsego – approached Lockwood again in hopes of revisiting the project. “There isn’t much low-income housing here in Oneonta,” said Herzig. “This is an important need.”