ONEONTA – Even before she had officially been signed to conduct of the feasibility study, Karen Karp of Karen Karp & Partners, a food-hub consulting firm out of New York City, already had ideas about how to take the proposed Market Street food hub to the next level.
“She said, ‘This isn’t about a food hub anymore’,” Sandy Mathes, Otsego Now president, reported this morning. “She wants to look at Market Street, the railyard, Northern Eagle Beverages and the Hartwick College Craft Food & Beverage Center into a food innovation district.”
This morning, the Otsego Now board unanimously awarded the $165,000 project to Karp, with $150,000 coming from state funds received during this year’s CFA grants. “She’s out of New York City, so she’s very boots on the ground,” said Mathes.