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Dietz Street

Herzig: For city to thrive, jobs and housing are issues that intersect

Herzig: For city to thrive, jobs and housing are issues that intersect

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA — Housing and jobs remain high priorities for the city of Oneonta. Both are needed and, according to Mayor Gary Herzig, need to be gradually increased at the same time.

“You can’t have a thriving community, you can’t have a good economy, if you can’t provide people with good housing,” Herzig said.

According to Herzig, housing is “desperately” needed at all levels including low-income, middle-income and high-income.

One of the problems with housing in Oneonta is that it is hard to compete with student rentals if you are a family in need of rental housing.

Herzig said there are “not a lot of incentives” for familyrentals. “We have to be creative with what we do.”

However, there have been some steps taken on the housing front in Oneonta. Most notably, the artist lofts being created on Dietz Street and, more recently, the pending purchase of the Ford Building by Springbrook to create 22 to 24 market rate apartments, which Herzig called a “very exciting project” that he said was certain would be approved by the Common Council.

Appeals Court rejects lawsuit against Dietz Street development

Appeals Court rejects lawsuit against Dietz Street development

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The State of New York Appellate Division confirmed a previous ruling against a lawsuit brought by Johna Peachin that attempted to block construction of the lofts at Dietz Street in the City of Oneonta, Friday, May 7. 

The lawsuit claimed that the apartments would block views of the hills, reduce the capacity for parking at Peachin’s business, and require her to walk further for exercise at the YMCA.

The Dietz Street development will be completed by 2022.

Friends, Neighbors, Food At Oneonta Potluck Dinner

Friends, Neighbors, Food

At Oneonta Potluck Dinner

Above, Molly Swain, Oneonta puts out a dish of apples on the table at the inaugural Oneonta Potluck dinner held on Dietz Street Saturday afternoon. Friends and neighbors brought a dish to pass as they enjoyed conversation, warm weather and live music by Joe and Joann Chmielowski. The event was hosted by Destination Oneonta and hopes to become and annual event. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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