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January 18, 2014

Developer renovates downtown building for multiple uses

Looking through windows at 250-254 Main St. in Oneonta reveals construction and retail activities that reflect renovations orchestrated by Peter Clark. 

The project to renovate the building is well-underway, according to Clark, who last year bought the building from Community Bank.

So far, obvious signs are a coin shop on Main Street — Oneonta Coin Co. — and a fish market — Capt’n Cook’s Seafood Market — on the South Main Street side of the building.

Clark said plans are to open an ice cream shop, a project that includes adding windows on the side of the building. Other tenants are a barber shop, literacy group and counselors.

MSO annual meeting set

Downtown Oneonta stakeholders, are invited to the annual meeting of Main Street Oneonta Board of Directors, organizers said.

The meeting will be at B side Ballroom and Supper Club in Clinton Plaza at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A short program will include reports by Michael Long, Oneonta’s city manager, regarding a downtown planning grant; information about the newly formed Small Meeting and Convention Coalition; and details from Brewery Ommegang about its upcoming event in Oneonta.

Property owners, business owners, MSO and community members are welcome at the networking and business meeting, organizers said. MSO’s position is that “we are all stakeholders in the success of our greater Main Street area,” a media release said.

Bassett announces staff changes

The Bassett Healthcare Network has announced changes in its Friends development offices.

Joshua Truman became executive director of the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network, effective Jan. 1. He will be responsible for all philanthropic programs, a media release said.

Truman was director of development at Bassett since September 2009, and before that was a major gift officer at Hartwick College, his alma mater.

“In the four short years that Josh has been with the Friends, he has demonstrated strong relationship-building and fundraising skills, which will enable him to address the philanthropic challenges we face,” Michael Stein, Bassett Healthcare Network’s vice president of development, said in the release.

Stein is retiring as the organization’s executive director but will transition to a part-time role in government affairs for Bassett.

Joanne Tobey was selected to join Truman as director of development operations.

She previously managed development operations, direct-response programs and institutional giving for Glimmerglass Opera.

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