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Farm Credit East Cuts Ribbon On Springfield Office

FARM CREDIT EAST IN COUNTY

Ag Bank Cuts Ribbon

On 40-Job Local Office

From left, Greg Doyle, Gary Bradley, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball, Farm Credit East CEO Bill Lipinski, Board Vice Chair Laurie Griffen, Senior Vice President Craig Pollock, Vice President Robert Yukewecz, Country Living Director David Pugh, and Paul Vandenburgh cut the ribbon on Farm Credit East’s new office in the town of Springfield. The company consolidated it’s Cobleskill and Sangerfield offices to bring 40 new jobs to Otsego County. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com).
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAR. 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAR. 6

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GROUND BROKEN ON 50-JOB OFFICES

GROUND BROKEN

ON 50-JOB BANK 

Farm Credit East Offices To Open In Year

A ceremonial groundbreaking this morning launched construction of Farm Credit East’s 50-job regional headquarters on Route 80 (West Lake Road), Town of Springfield, a quarter-mile north of the Glimmerglass Festival. When complete in a year, the office will combine Farm Credit’s Sangerfield and Cobleskill offices. Participating were, from left, Sangerfield manager Craig Pollock; Ken Rizzo, Sano-Rubin Construction, Albany; Dave Hollander, Sano-Rubin president; Theresa Drerup and Kurt Ofer, principals in Altonview Architects, Cooperstown; John Camp, C&S Engineers, Syracuse; attorney Doug Zamelis, Springfield; Bill Elsey, Springfield town supervisor; Priscilla Barry, chair, Springfield town Planning Board; Cobleskill manager Rob Hurkewecz; Dave Pugh, director, Farm Credit’s country living loans; Skip Hardie, Lansing, Farm Credit board member, and Cooperstown native Mike Reynolds, Farm Credit executive vice president, now based in New Jersey. On the hill in the background is the former mansion of the Ryerson family, which owned the property for decades. Nearby, a crew from Barney & Sons, Morris, was drilling the well for the project. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A ceremonial groundbreaking this morning launched construction of Farm Credit East’s 50-job regional headquarters on Route 80 (West Lake Road), Town of Springfield, a quarter-mile north of the Glimmerglass Festival. When complete in a year, the office will combine Farm Credit’s Sangerfield and Cobleskill offices. Participating were, from left, Sangerfield manager Craig Pollock; Ken Rizzo, Sano-Rubin Construction, Albany; Dave Hollander, Sano-Rubin president; Theresa Drerup and Kurt Ofer, principals in Altonview Architects, Cooperstown;  attorney Doug Zamelis, Springfield; John Camp, C&S Engineers, Syracuse; Bill Elsey, Springfield town supervisor; David Pugh, director, Farm Credit’s county living loans; Priscilla Barry, chair, Springfield town Planning Board; Cobleskill manager Rob Hurkewecz; Skip Hardie, Lansing, Farm Credit board member, and Cooperstown native Mike Reynolds, Farm Credit executive vice president, now based in New Jersey. On the hill in the background is the former mansion of the Ryerson family, which owned the property for decades. Nearby, a crew from Barney & Sons, Morris, was drilling the well for the project. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ground-Breaking Nears On Farm Credit East Site

Ground-Breaking Nears

On Farm Credit East Site

The Springfield Town Board last evening unanimously approved Farm Credit East’ plans to consolidate its Cobleskill and Sangerfield offices in a 50-job operation on Route 80, across from the Otsego Golf Course. The company plans to break ground this fall, its lawyer, Douglas Zamelis of Springfield Center, said.
A groundbreaking ceremony is planned at 11 a.m. next Monday, the 14th, on Farm Credit East’s 50-job office building on West Lake Road, Town of Springfield, across Route 80 from the Otsego Golf Course.  In July, the Springfield Town Board unanimously approved the company’s plans to consolidate its Cobleskill and Sangerfield offices.  

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Pro-Environment Groups Back 50-Job Farm Credit East Office

Pro-Environment Groups Back

50-Job Farm Credit East Office

Springfield Planning Board Moves Project Forward, Too
OCCA Environmental Planner Danny Lapin said his organization found no environmental concerns in Farm Credit East's project. At right are Mike Reynolds, a Cooperstown native who is Farm Credit regional vice president and, next to hm, CEO Bill Lipinski. To the left of Lapin are Springfield Town Supervisor Bill Elsey and county Rep. Keith McCarty, R-East Springfield. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
OCCA Environmental Planner Danny Lapin said his organization found no environmental concerns in Farm Credit East’s project. At right are Mike Reynolds, a Cooperstown native who is Farm Credit regional vice president and, next to hm, CEO Bill Lipinski. To the left of Lapin are Springfield Town Supervisor Bill Elsey and county Rep. Keith McCarty, R-East Springfield. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

CEO Bill Lipinski said Farm Credit East is an "equitable organization" that allocates 2 percent of net to community initiatives.
CEO Bill Lipinski said Farm Credit East is an “equitable organization” that allocates 2 percent of net to community initiatives.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Farm Credit East’s plans for a low-profiled 50-job office building just north of the Glimmerglass Festival on Route 80 this evening appeared to have won support of all the major local environmental advocates.

The project was also moved forward by the Town of Springfield Planning Board, which unanimously agreed to be lead agency in the SEQRA process; it then reviewed and approved Part II of the state Environmental Quality Review Act requirements.  Next month, the Planning Board is expected to act on a motion for a “negative declaration,” meaning the project will have little impact on the environment.

Harry Levine, Otsego Land Trustee chair, who was speaking on behalf of Advocates for Springfield, said he expects Farm Credit East will be a good neighbor.  “In simple terms,” he said, “we do support this project.”

50-Job Farm Credit East Project Goes To Public Hearing Thursday

50-Job Farm Credit East Project

Goes To Public Hearing Thursday

Farm Credit East's proposal to combine its Sangerfield and Cobleskill offices in northern Otsego County goes to a public hearing before the Town of Springfield Planning Board at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at the Community Center in Springfield Center.  ((Previously, the date was incorrectly reported as June 8.)  Farm Credit East President Bill Lipinski, whose company operates 19 offices in the Northeast, is expected to attend.
Farm Credit East’s proposal to combine its Sangerfield and Cobleskill offices in northern Otsego County goes to a public hearing before the Town of Springfield Planning Board at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at the Community Center in Springfield Center. ((Previously, the date was incorrectly reported as June 8.) Farm Credit East President Bill Lipinski, whose company operates 19 offices in the Northeast, is expected to attend.  The company is proposing a low-profile office building on the 13 southern acres of the former Ryerson Estate, across Route 80 from the Otsego Golf Course.  Initially hiring 40 people, the company expects to expand its workforce to 50.
Farm Credit East Plans 50-Job Office In County

Farm Credit East Plans

50-Job Office In County

Company Seeks Site Approval In Springfield

Altonview Architect has designed a low-profiled building across Route 80 from the Otsego Golf Course. (Altonview Architects model)
Altonview Architect has designed a low-profile building across Route 80 from the Otsego Golf Course. (Altonview Architects model)

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

SPRINGFIELD – Farm Credit East, which provides loans, crop insurance and other financial services to farmers in 19 offices throughout the Northeast, plans to consolidate its Cobleskill and Sangerfield offices on Route 80, Town of Springfield.

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