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Richfield community creates park

Richfield community creates park

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – About 15 people gathered Sunday, May 24, on Main Street in the village to turn the site of a formerly blighted home into a “pocket park.”

The property at 177 Main St. had been abandoned years ago, one of a handful of old houses in the area that had gotten too run down and where the former owners could not afford to restore it.
The Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank bought the property and demolished the house, but rebuilding on the L-shaped .67-acre property is complicated.

Richfield Springs freshman Braydon Misenick, left, and junior Damon Boss spread soil to prepare to plant a vegetable garden in the back of the park. (Greg Klein/

“According to the modern zoning laws, this lot is too narrow in the front to build a house,” said Allysa Dupont Rader, who works as the “zombie quarterback” for the land bank, finding abandoned houses and shepherding them back onto the tax rolls.

The village will revisit the zoning laws this summer, but the location of the property and its status as having the only remaining outdoor, uncovered sulphur spring in the village, made it an ideal candidate for a park in the meantime.

If Johnson City, Then Why Not Cooperstown?


If Johnson City, Then

Why Not Cooperstown?

Editor’s Note: Oneonta’s City Hall is actively helping private developers revive its downtown, but downstate developers are starting to recognize a demand for housing Upstate and seeking to fill the need. Per this report on, might someone consider Cooperstown’s vacant downtown CVS as an opportunity?

A New York City developer has been lured to Johnson City, near Binghamton, to construct an apartment house on a site similar to the CVS in Cooperstown’s downtown.

JOHNSON CITY – A New York City developer has plans to build a three-story, multi-family apartment building in Johnson City.
Praveen Kamath, founder and managing member of AOM Investments LLC, broke ground Wednesday, May 15, for the LOFTS@JC project at 128 Grand Ave.

The total estimated project cost is more than $6 million, the Agency said in a Thursday news release.

Crews will build the new apartment complex at the site of the “abandoned” Dollar Bazaar location, which will be demolished, per the news release.

This site has sat vacant for a number of years and has “contributed to the blight” in Johnson City, the Agency said. The project will bring new tax revenue and “much needed” housing availability to the village of Johnson City.

Oneonta Woman Sues Dollar General Over Inaccessibility

Oneonta Woman Files

Lawsuit Against Dollar General

The Dollar General on Chestnut Street in Oneonta is being sued for inaccessibility. (Ian Austin/

ONEONTA – Citing too-narrow aisles blocked by merchandise and ramps that are often blocked, Jennifer Rossman, a wheelchair user, has joined with Disability Rights New York to file a class action lawsuit against Dollar General for failing to make their New York stores accessible to people with mobility disabilities.

“When your stores are inaccessible, it is not just a bad business decision, it is against the law,” said Tim Clune, DRNY Exec. Dir.

According to the filings, on or about June 3, 2017, Rossman visited Dollar General Store #10652, (“Store #10652”) located at 76 Chestnut St. in Oneonta and found that she could not navigate in her wheelchair around the store because there was merchandise stacked on the floor and in the aisles, large stocking carts blocking aisles, cardboard merchandise displays blocking or narrowing the aisle pathway, and items arranged outside the store which blocked the curb ramp from the parking lot to the entrance.

Route 28 Dollar General Nears Completion

Route 28 Dollar General Nears Completion

The signs went up this afternoon at the Dollar General variety store that is opening shortly in Hartwick Seminary.  (Jim Kevlin/
The signs went up this afternoon at the Dollar General variety store that is opening shortly in Hartwick Seminary. (Jim Kevlin/
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