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Market Street

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CITY HALL EXPERIMENTS

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City Hall has closed off Neahwa Park’s Market Street entrance to traffic this week, to see of city folks are satisfied with a single entrance at River and Main. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA –  Try it.  See how you like it.

The Market Street entrance to Neahwa Park has been closed for a week, beginning yesterday, a test to see if one vehicular entrance – at Main and River – is sufficient for park users.

“The intent of this temporary, experimental road closure is to observe its effects on traffic entering, exiting, and within Neahwa Park,” City Hall announced in a press release.

NYC Consultant Karen Karp Chosen For Market Street Food Hub Study
‘FOOD-HUB SUPERSTAR’ ABOARD

 NYC Consultant To Study

‘Food Innovation District’

Sandy Mathes, foreground, explains to board chair Bob Hanft and the Otsego Now board about the Food Innovation District proposed by Karen Karp, whose firm will be conducting the Market Street feasibility study. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Sandy Mathes, foreground, explains to board chair Bob Hanft and the Otsego Now board about the Food Innovation District proposed by Karen Karp, whose firm will be conducting the Market Street feasibility study. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com) 

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

Karen Karp
Karen Karp

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.

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