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Landlords, Council Raise Concerns About DRI Projects

Landlords, Council Raise

Concerns About DRI Projects

Landlord Rick Weinberg, Rental Company One, addresses Oneonta Common Council and packed chambers this evening following Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes’ update on the status of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), funded with $13 million in state economic developing funding so far. “I heard from a friend of mine that his rentals are down 20 percent and he may have to leave the area,” Weinberg said. “Local landlords are not doing well.” Questions about housing needs were just one of the many raised during the meeting in City Hall, which lasted over two and a half hours. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Food Hub Big Question At Foothills DRI Forum

 ‘What’s A Food Hub?’

Citizens Ask At Forum

Concept Needs Clarifying, Mayor Herzig Says

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig clarifies some of the questions many still have about the $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding during a forum organized by Seth Clark of Peter Clark Student Rentals . “There was a good turnout, but some misinformation mixed in,” said Herzig. Among the biggest questions were the proposed “food hub” and money for existing businesses. “People weren’t aware that we have $3 million allocated to help existing businesses,” he said. “and the big issue became clear to me that people are struggling to understand what the ‘food hub’ is, which means we haven’t done as good a job as we can of explaining it. We need to find a way to provide people with greater detail about what it all means.” (Photo courtesy Jim Dean)
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Small Business Support, Signage Westcott Lot Top DRI Projects

Small-Business Support, Signs,

Westcott Lot Top DRI Projects

Marc Wouters, director of urban design for Stantec, presents the findings of the public hearing and subcommittees during a meeting of the DRI committee this afternoon (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By IAN AUSTIN & LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The redevelopment of the Westcott Lot, new signage on Main Street, upper-floor apartments and, the centerpiece – the Mohawk Valley Food & Beverage Innovation District – were all recommended for a piece of the $10 million DRI funding by Stantec and the three Downtown Revitalization Initiative subcommittees during their annual meeting this afternoon.

“No one person in this group will get everything they want,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “But, this is only the beginning. If we spend the $10 million dollars right we will all grow and the return on our investment will be far beyond $10 million.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JAN. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JAN. 22

Public Discussion Of Oneonta

Downtown Revitalization Plan

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PUBLIC FORUM – 1 p.m. Share your thoughts on how the $10 million Downtown Revitalization plan should take advantage of the cities history to contribute to economic development. Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm#More

SNOW TUBING – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Park will provide snow tube with $5 tubing fee. No charge to enter park. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 County Highway 31, Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/snow-tubing-glimmerglass-state-park

CHICKEN & BISCUIT BENEFIT – Noon.  Benefits Firefighter Tim West, Sec. Lt. in Hartwick Emergency Squad who is ill at this time.  By donation – Until food or people run out!   Hartwick Fire Dept. Company #1, Hartwick.  Info, Caren Kelsey, (607)-293-7530, Deb Clegg, (607) 293-6135.

THEATER – 2 p.m. Stuff of Dreams presents “Never Too Late.” Tickets @ Green Toad Book store or by calling (607)432-5407. Cost $15 adult, $12 senior and students, and $10 children 12 and under. Production Center of Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta.

LIBRARY LECTURE – Panel discussion on the impact of arts on the local economy. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar Cancelled

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Oneonta To Compete For Whole $10 Million

Oneonta To Compete

For Whole $10 Million

Herzig:  Winning Cuomo Contest

Will Put City Over ‘Tipping Point’

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta is "a cool place" at "a tipping point," and and city will compete for $10 million in state downtown-redevelopment funds to put it over the top, Mayor Herzig told the League of Women Voters this evening. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com_
Oneonta is “a cool place” at “a tipping point,” and the city will compete for $10 million in state downtown-redevelopment funds to put it over the top, Mayor Herzig told the League of Women Voters this evening. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig this evening announced the City of Oneonta will be submitting an application by the 4 p.m. deadline next Tuesday seeking the whole $10 million Governor Cuomo has designated for downtown redevelopment in the Mohawk Valley.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters, Oneonta chapter, Herzig said the City of the Hills “has been pushing a boulder up a hill … When you get to the top, it only takes a little push to get it over the top.”

Oneonta is at “a tipping point,” he said.

The $10 million, he said, is that little push, all that Oneonta needs to move dramatically forward, to leverage private investment to address the city’s two key needs:  more good-paying jobs and sufficient housing, now lacking “at every income level.”

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