By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – If you want a successful downtown, Elizabeth Horvath says, you have to look up.
“You need residents living downtown to make it an active place, not just come in, work and then leave,” she said. “When you see vacant second and third floors, it doesn’t lend itself to a vibrant Main Street.”
On Monday, June 3, the City of Oneonta began accepting applications for a second round of Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants, this one to create “high-quality
upper-story housing units” in the downtown.
As of presstime Tuesday evening, no applications had been received, but the deadline isn’t until July 12.
Building on that, said Project Selection chair Kim Muller, the second round aims to “catalyze the creation of high-quality housing that will attract more residents to our increasingly vibrant downtown.”