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November 5, 2012

Notable construction projects got started in November 1977

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In the midst of a short blizzard Friday, Nov. 18, what was then called Delhi Tech broke ground for a new $5 million agricultural science building. College President Dr. Francis Hennessy hailed the project as offering college students “hands-on” experience in simulated working experiences in agriculture, plant science and veterinary technology.

The new two-story building was planned to house 10 specialized laboratories, behind the Farrell Hall gymnasium. The completion was planned for November 1979.

Back in Oneonta, it was reported Wednesday, Nov. 23, that the congregation of the Elm Park Methodist Church had accepted final plans for construction of a new $450,000 church building, at the corner of Chestnut Street and Ceperley Avenue.

The average attendance at weekly services had doubled from 100 to 200 people since 1970. “The new church is needed,” the Rev. Rees Warring said at the time. The new church would also serve as a community center, serving various needs in the West End of Oneonta.

Only a few blocks away from the new church, the Capital Budget and Planning Commission recommended approval Monday, Nov. 28, for a proposed Ponderosa Steak House at 335-337 Chestnut St. Ponderosa had been in the West End until it closed Nov. 7, 2011, and is currently under reconstruction as a new locally owned restaurant, planned for an opening in the spring of 2013.

This weekend: Construction began in 1887 for an improved Oneonta church.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at simmark @stny.rr.com.

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