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Josh Edmonds

Developer Withdraws From ‘Grove’ Project To Build Apartments

10 CHESTNUT NEIGHBORS OBJECTED

Developer Withdraws

Application For ‘Grove,’

12-Apartment Project

10 Chestnut, which includes empty acreage behind it, was an A.G. Edwards stock brokerage office, but also a car dealership and a meat storage building. It is currently owned by a company associated with Jay Bernhardt, the Richfield Springs investor, who attempted to build condos there a dozen years ago. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Josh Edmonds

COOPERSTOWN – The developer of “The Grove,” Josh Edmonds, said today he has withdrawn his application for the 12-unit apartment house at 10 Chestnut St.

“It didn’t seem productive to keep the application in progress at this moment,” said Edmonds, a partner in Simple Integrity, the contracting and construction company.

The project, located between Chestnut Street and Pine Boulevard, a half-block up from Lake Street, drew an outpouring of opposition from neighbors at the June meeting of the Village Board.

12 Unit ‘The Grove’ Rattles Cooperstown Neighbors

12 Unit ‘The Grove’ Rattles

Cooperstown Neighbors

A dismayed Ted Spencer, retired Hall of Fame curator and vice president, who lives on upper Main Street, urges the Village Board not to approve an apartment house in the neighborhood. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The 12-unit The Grove apartment complex – unprecedented in Cooperstown – just surfaced, but neighbors packed the Village Board’s monthly meeting Monday, June 24, to denounce it.

“We are shocked and deeply disappointed that the village would consider a 12-unit apartment complex within a block of primarily single-family homes,” said Sherrie Kingsley, co-owner of The Inn at Cooperstown with husband Marc. “Is there really a need for more housing in Cooperstown?

“Surely there are locations in other areas of the village or the outskirts of the village that would provide a much better fit for an apartment complex if one is truly needed,” she said.

Development Pressures Bring Out Worried Citizens

VILLAGE TRUSTEES GET EARFUL

Development Pressures

Bring Out Worried Citizens

Sherrie Kingsley, above, proprietor of  The Inn at Cooperstown with her husband, Marc (seated to her right), reads a three-page letter to the Village Board this evening raising concerns about impacts of The Grove, a 12-unit apartment complex developer Josh Edmonds is proposing at 10 Chestnut St., next to single-family homes on lower Chestnut and Pine Boulevard.  Several neighbors seconded Kingsley’s concerns. Others, including Bill Rigby, inset at right, opposed a PDD (a planned development district) that would allow expanded parking at New York Pizzeria, across Elm Street from his house.  On a third matter, Eric Olson, inset left, said loud music and noise emanating from the Pratt Hotel, a tavern across from his Pioneer Street home and business, is awakening him as late at 3 a.m. as much as three times a week; he calls police, to no avail.  Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch reassured the crowd that The Grove must go through several steps and public input before a decision is made.  Olson said he was looking for help from a 2001 noise ordinance; Tillapaugh advised him that a new law setting noise levels at an 80-decibel maximum may help him, but that devices to read noise levels has not yet arrived at Village Hall.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

JOSH EDMONDS’ 45 DELAWARE: He’s Built The Future; Cooperstown House Efficient, Affordable

JOSH EDMONDS’ 45 DELAWARE

He’s Built The Future

Cooperstown House 

Efficient, Affordable

Josh Edmonds, right, a partner in the Simple Integrity construction company, pauses with members of his team, Norm Farwell, Morris, left, and Tanner Ray, Edmeston, in front of 45 Delaware St., Cooperstown. Edmonds expects the structure, now completed, to be certified by the Passive House Institute. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Josh Edmonds has ideas and, at 31, time to implement them.

COOPERSTOWN – Josh Edmonds has built the future at 45 Delaware St.

• POINT ONE: A partner in the Simple Integrity construction firm, Edmonds has been paying $4,000 a year to heat his home in Springfield Center.  The 2,600-square-foot house he’s just finished building at 45 Delaware will cost $254 a year to heat.

“That’s a pretty substantial difference,” Edmonds said in a recent interview: $4,000 vs. $254.

A home like the one he’s just completed – it’s on target to be certified by the Passive House Institute, the international gold standard – costs 3 percent more to build than a standard house.

Passive House Institute’s 5 Rules

Sidebar to: He’s Built The Future

Passive House

Institute’s 5 Rules

John Edmonds expects the Passive House Institute will certifiy the just-completed house at 45 Delaware St., Cooperstown (AllOTSEGO photo)

Here are the five concepts Simple Integrity builder Josh Edmonds applied to 45 Delaware St.,  Cooperstown, necessary to win certification from the Passive House Institute.

►One, Thermal Bridging
Nothing outside is connected directly with the interior, accomplished by a five-layered wall.
From the inside out, that wall consists of a layer of 2x6s; a layer of ZIP System sheathing and tape; 12-inch-deep I-joints (plenty of room for insulation); a rain screen (the criss-cross wood pattern you may have noticed driving by), and siding that breaths.

►Two, Continuous Insulation
In effect, a coat of insulation on the slab, walls and roof create an enclosed box, with a truss roof placed on top.

►Three, air sealing
In a typical house, Edmonds said, air changes 5-12 times per hour. The New York State building code has tightened that to three times per hour in new construction.
The Passive House standard is .6. The rate at 45 Delaware is .2.

►Four, high-performance windows and doorsAll doors and windows have three panes, and are sealed so, when closed, no air leaks in. “These windows are on a par with Marvin windows for cost,” Edmonds said during a tour of the home.
They are inset from the highly insulated exterior wall, so they conduct less cold than if they were flat against the outside wall.

►Finally, five: heat-recovery ventilation
Houses need fresh air for the occupants. Passive houses provide that through HRV, which allows energy to pass between two streams of air without mixing the air. In the winter the warm stale air transfers its energy to the cold incoming fresh air; vice versa in the summer. HRVs have efficiency ratings of 65-92 percent, depending on the model.

Josh Edmonds Builds House Of The Future

EXCLUSIVE IN THIS WEEK’S PAPERS

Josh Edmonds Builds

House Of The Future

You may have been observing Coopertown’s first new house in six years rising art the corner of Delaware and Walnut. It turns out Simple Integrity’s Josh Edmonds is building a home that will cost only $254 a year to heat, he may have looked at some bungalow house plans as it is unlikely to heat an entire house for that amount, we’ll have to wait and see. Take a tour of the futuristic house in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal. Also, maybe it’s a good thing marijuana legalization is stalled in Albany, because today’s pot isn’t your grandfather’s pot: It’s much more potent and dangerous. See this week’s editorial on Page A4
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Simple Integrity Plans Net-Zero Apartments: 2 Stories, 12 Units On Chestnut Street

Simple Integrity Plans

Net-Zero Apartments

2 Stories, 12 Units On Chestnut Street

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www. AllOTSEGO.com

Josh Edmonds, principal in Simple Integrity builders, briefs the Cooperstown Village Board last evening on a net-zero 12-apartment building he is planning at 10 Chestnut St. in the village, next to the Inn at Cooperstown. “The village needs long-term rentals,” he told trustees at their monthly meeting. “And I see a need for more energy.” He was advised to take the plans to the Historical Preservation & Architectural Review Board (H-PARB) and the Planning Board. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – For Josh Edmonds, the lot at 10 Chestnut St. represents a chance to solve two problems in the village – adding housing and reducing energy consumption.

“The village needs long-term rentals,” he said. “And I see a need for more energy-efficient construction.”

Edmonds, a passive-house consultant through, Simple Integrity, his contracting company, has proposed a two-story, 12-unit building on the lot at 10 Chestnut St, next to the Inn at Cooperstown.

At the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, May 28, Edmonds revealed details about the proposed project:  12 two-bedroom units, with the six apartments on the first floor designated as handicap-accessible. There will also be 24 parking spaces.

12 Net-Zero Apartments Planned On Chestnut St.

 EDMONDS BRIEFS TRUSTEES ON ‘THE GROVE’

12 Net-Zero Apartments

Planned On Chestnut St.

Josh Edmonds, principal in Simple Integrity builders, briefs the Cooperstown Village Board last evening on “The Grove,” a net-zero 12-apartment building he is planning at 10 Chestnut St. in the village, next to the Inn at Cooperstown. “The village needs long-term rentals,” he told trustees at their monthly meeting Tuesday. “And I see a need for more energy-efficient construction.” He was advised to take the plans to the Historical Preservation & Architectural Review Board (H-PARB) and the Planning Board.  Facing the camera are, from left, Trustees Jim Membrino, MacGuire Benton and Jeanne Dewey; with back to camera are Trustees Jim Dean, left, and Richard Sternberg.  (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

DETAILS IN FREEMAN’S & HOMETOWN,

ON NEWSSTANDS THIS AFTERNOON

Historical Farmhouse Razed In Cooperstown Neighborhood

Historical Farmhouse Razed

In Cooperstown Neighborhood

The proprietor of Scott Ubner Excavating of Fly Creek demolishes the 19th century farmhouse at the end of Cooperstown’s Delaware Street today, where Josh Edmonds of Simple Integrity contractors plans to erect a new house. The village Zoning Board of Appeals required Edmonds, who razed another house two years ago on nearby Walnut Street, to find an independent consultant to prove the building was unsalvagable before allowing the demolition to go forward.   The property – as are all properties around Otsego Lake – is in the Glimmerglass National Historic District. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Work Underway To Double Size Of Springfield Library

Work Underway To Double

Size Of Springfield Library

Springfield Library Association Librarian Echo Weller, left, and Josh Edmonds of Simple Integrity LLC discuss construction that began Jan. 9 that will doubled the size of the library in the Springfield Community Center.   The expansion was funded by a state Construction Aid Grant.  (Maureen Culbert photo)
It May Look Like A Demolition, But …

It May Look Like A Demolition, But …

Drive by 8 Walnut St., Cooperstown, and what's going on may look like a demolition. Actually, said Josh Edmonds, partner in Simple Integrity, the contracting firm, what's actually going on is an extensive renovation. When complete, the home will be the most energy efficient in the village, he said. The owner of the property is Peter Regan. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Drive by 8 Walnut St., Cooperstown, and what’s going on may look like a demolition. Actually, said Josh Edmonds, partner in Simple Integrity, the contracting firm, what’s actually going on is an extensive renovation. When complete, the home will be the most energy efficient in the village, he said. The owner of the property is Peter Regan. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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