Cooperstown Village Board, IDA Plan
Citizen-Based Vision For Community
Editor’s Note: This article is republished from this week’s Freeman’s Journal, now on newsstands.
By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com
COOPERSTOWN – The future of Cooperstown may include offices, restaurants and hotels around Railroad Avenue, a green swath leading through what is now a parking lot to historic Doubleday Field, and a vibrant waterfront, part of seven redevelopment nodes being considered by the village’s Economic Sustainability Committee and the county Industrial Development Agency.
Whether it does – or another vision emerges – will grow out of a “Comprehensive Plan & Economic Development Revitalization Strategy” to be launched perhaps as soon as August, funded by $28,000 in IDA funding and, it is hoped, a $90,000 CFA – an economic development grant – being sought through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Commission. The grant application was part of the round submitted Monday, June 16.
The idea of a plan and strategy emerged from discussions over the past few months among Mayor Jeff Katz, Trustees Lou Allstadt and Cindy Falk on the Village Board’s Economic Sustainability Committee, and Sandy Mathes, IDA president and “single point of contact” for economic development in the county.