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Double OK Buoys Lofts On Dietz Plan

Double-OK Buoys

Lofts On Dietz Plan

After City Council Approves Site Sale,

Planning Commission Backs Site Plan

City Planning Commission Chairman Anna Tomaino prepares to sign the SEQR “negative declaration” the commission approved after a review Wednesday night. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Mayor Gary Herzig emphasizes the potential benefits of the Lofts on Dietz. Behind him is Council member John Rafter.

ONEONTA — The Lofts are rising.

A day after Common Council, 7-1, authorized the sale of part of the Dietz Street parking lot to Kearney & Son Development for the 64-unit Lofts on Dietz, the city Planning Commission Wednesday evening unanimously approved the site plan application, clearing the way for the project to go forward.

Prior to discussion the plan’s particulars, the commission reviewed the SEQRA application, and authorized chairman Anna Tomaino to sign a “negative declaration.”  Under the state Environmental Quality Review Act, such a declaration finds the project will have minimal impact.

Lofts On Dietz Parking, Energy Raised As Issues

Lofts On Dietz’s

Parking, Energy

Raised As Issues

SEQRA To Start Next Month;

Groundbreaking Next Summer

Addressing the city Planning Commission, from left, were Michael Stolzer and Mark Drnek, who raised concerns about parking; David Hutchison, who called for net-zero energy use in the proposed Lofts on Dietz, and weaver Liz Shannon, who asked if the size of the proposed units – about 800 square feet for single units and 1,000 for doubles – was sufficient; Kearney’s reply appeared to satisfy her. Mayor Herzig is at right. (Jim Kevlin/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Developer Ken Kearney outlines the project. Behind him is Dave Ohman from Delaware Engineering. At right, Planning Commission member Dan Maskin listens.

ONEONTA – Two citizens raised concerns about parking – a third called for “net zero” energy efficiency – when developer Ken Kearney outlined plans for a 64-unit art colony, The Lofts on Dietz, to the city Planning Commission last evening.

Vice Chair Overbey presided.

“As an artist, the building is an excellent concept, one we should embrace,” said Michael Stolzer, who lives in the Town of Oneonta but owns rental properties in the city.  “But parking spaces are valuable.  It seems kind of on the absurd side to build it on the parking lot.”

Mayor Gary Herzig saw it another way: “I truly hope we have a real parking problem, because it will mean we’re thriving and our businesses are successful,” he said as the meeting wrapped up.

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