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June 10, 2013

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25 years ago

June 10, 1988

UNADILLA — The owners of the former Bishop Hotel are considering a number of options, including tearing down the historic Main Street building, if the state Housing Division does not make a decision soon on whether to lend financial support to the owners’ plans for low-income housing.

Stephen Leahy of Morris, who owns the structure along with his father, Oneonta veterinarian Dr. John R. Leahy and his mother, Mary, said he hopes to get a decision from the state by July 4. He said the building season will be nearing its end in July and he wants to know whether he can begin turning the building into housing for the elderly or will have to maintain an empty building for another year.

S.C. Leahy and Associates Inc. asked the state in February to consider providing funds to turn the old hotel into 15 one-bedroom apartments for the elderly and medical/office space on the ground floor. Stephen Leahy said a decision from the state was held up by the delay in passing the budget, then by a vacation and then by the long Memorial Day weekend.

According to Tom Viola, public information officer for the state Housing Division, the Leahys never filed a formal application. He said division representative Robert Shields recommended this month that the Leahys incorporate as a housing development fund corporation, and was told by Stephen Leahy that they would do so. Once the Leahys become eligible recipients, Viola said, they can file for a fund application.

If the Leahys receive no word in early July or are turned down for their request, Stephen Leahy said other options would have to be looked into, including building demolition. He said he and his family have looked into funding the project themselves, but found rehabilitation would cost $600,000-$700,000.

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