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March 8, 2014

Two renovation projects awarded state funding

Two downtown institutions will be starting major projects later this year, thanks to state support announced at a media conference Friday.

Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, and several of those involved in the grants, were at the session held at Oneonta’s City Hall Council Chambers.

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta will receive $75,000 to begin exterior restoration at the Wilber Mansion, and the Greater Oneonta Historical Society will receive the same amount to buy and install an elevator as part of the renovation project at its Main Street building.

The grants are from the state’s Community Capital Assistance Program, and were available only to nonprofit groups.

“I’m pleased we were able to access the funding,” Magee said. “Downtown revitalization is a major issue. Hopefully it will help.”

In introducing Magee, Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said: “This is a big day for both organizations,” adding Magee has been “a great friend of this city.”

CANO treasurer Kellie Place said: “This only strengthens the core of what makes Oneonta great.” Her organization is also seeking additional local support for the work, which is expected to start this summer.

GOHS Executive Director Bob Brzozowski thanked Magee, Miller and all those involved in obtaining the grant. He also thanked the hundreds of donors who have contributed to the project to remodel and reconstruct the second and third floors of the organization’s Main Street building. Work on that project is also expected to start later this year, he said.

Miller also noted the importance of the effort by city acting community development director Jeff House in seeing the requests through the application process that began in 2012.

“This is the next step but the not the last in keeping downton something to be proud of,” Miller said.

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