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Dietz Lot

Mayor’s Eyeball Survey Found Parking Aplenty

Mayor’s Eyeball Survey

Found Parking Aplenty

In 20 Tours Of Dietz Lot, He Never

Found Fewer Than 80 Vacant Spaces

Oneonta’s mayor, Gary Herzig, estimates he’s walked the Dietz Lot 20 times since April to count vacant parking spaces. He never found fewer than 80. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – When Mayor Gary Herzig says there’s plenty of space in the Dietz Street parking lot to accommodate the three-story Lofts On Dietz and its 66 artist studios and apartments, he knows what he’s talking about.

“I’ve walked the lot, starting in April, probably 20 times,” he said a couple of days after defending the project at a city Planning Commission meeting against two people who said the construction would take away too much parking.

Some days, he walked the Dietz Lot in the morning; sometimes, in the afternoon.  Sometimes Mondays, sometimes Saturdays, sometimes mid-week.

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