By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
COOPERSTOWN – With five years of success behind it, the Cooperstown Distillery is looking ahead and planning to more than double the size of its plant on Railroad Avenue.
“We outgrew our space many years ago,” proprietor Gene Marra told the Village Board on Monday, March 25. “Our production has been limited by our physical space.”
The planned 7,500-square-foot expansion will more than double the building’s existing footprint on the back portion of their Railroad Avenue lot, adding a “rackhouse” for storing barrels of whiskey and bourbon, as well as second-floor production space.
COOPERSTOWN – Hartwick College is Otsego Now’s “Partner of the Year,” Bob Hanft, past chairman of the organization, announced at the county IDA’s annual meeting this morning in the Cooperstown Distillery.
Hanft cited two projects in particular that led to the designation:
• One, the college’s plan to renovate dorms and building 72 town homes, an effort that involved $39 million in IDA bonding. President Margaret Drugovich, who was present, has said the project will bring many of the 300-400 undergrads back into the “campus community” to experience that important aspect of a residential liberal arts education.