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August 26, 2013

Nine projects in Otsego County get state funding

Most of $2 million will go to city and town of Oneonta

Staff Report
The Daily Star

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Nine projects in Otsego County, mostly in the town and city of Oneonta, have won state funding totaling almost $2 million, according to an announcement this morning from the governor's office.

The grants from the state Homes and Community Renewal division are for awards sought jointly by county and Oneonta city staff in efforts spearheaded by recently departed county Economic Development Director Carolyn Lewis and Oneonta City Manager Michael Long, according to Mayor Dick Miller.

In a media release, Miller said the $1,895,000 in projects include:

_ Wilber Park bathhouse restoration, $241,000;

_ Catella Well No. 1 pump house reconstruction and well expansion, $242,000;

_ Latte Lounge expansion, $41,000;

_ City housing acquisition and rehabilitation project, working with Housing Visions, $400,000;

_ Otsego County Micro-Enterprise Grants, including three downtown Oneonta projects, $200,000;

_ Brooks' House of Bar-B-Q bottling plant assistance, $100,000;

_ Ioxus, manufacturer of ultracapacitors, assistance, $206,000.

_ Custom Electronics assistance, $105,000; and

_ Mobile homes rehabilitation project in Otsego County, $360,000.

The awards represent the most-successful effort in recent years, Miller said. The Latte Lounge, Brooks, Ioxus, Custom Electronics and Micro-Enterprise grants have “tremendous positive impact” on the Oneonta community's economy, he said.

Long said the $400,000 award for the city's housing acquisition and rehabilitation project, working with Housing Visions, will leverage $10 million in private investment targeted at improving Center City conditions. The project is among several initiatives resulting from the city's Housing Summit and Task Force work, he said in the release.