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October 17, 2013

Ex-Bresee's site's renovations unveiled

Klugo’s Parkview Place is the name of the redeveloped properties that include 1 Dietz St. and the buildings formerly known as Bresee’s Oneonta Department Store.

The metamorphosis has been going on for about six years, and though not expected to be complete until next year, the cocoon of covered windows officially was shed Tuesday in a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Two businesses have located in the Main Street building, the developer said, and some apartments at 1 Dietz St. have occupants.

The city of Oneonta, the Otsego County Development Corp. and Klugo Oneonta LLC held a ribbon-cutting event this week to commemorate the opening of the commercial and residential spaces.

The official opening is among final steps in a rehabilitation of the flagship building on Main Street downtown. The $6.1 million redevelopment has been a public-private venture.

On Tuesday, economic leaders and Oneonta city, Otsego County and state politicians and some local residents attended the event, according to Klugo.

“It was pretty surreal,” Klugo said. During the event, he said, he thanked the community, neighbors and supporters for their patience and help. Of contractors hired for the work, 80 percent were local, he said Wednesday.

“It was truly a group effort,” Klugo said. “I really have been blessed by the team effort that was assembled in Oneonta.”

Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller also applauded the redevelopment achievement.

“The opening of the Bresee’s project is the biggest step forward in downtown Oneonta in more than a decade,” Miller said in a media release. He said participation in the ribbon cutting was a “great honor and a time of great celebration.”

Recently two commercial tenants moved into the Main Street building, Klugo said. Theresa’s Emporium is on the Main Street side of the complex, he said, and Printigree is on the Wall Street side in the back, which has a parking lot. Negotiations continue for one or two other retail tenants, he said.

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