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January 30, 2013

Developer looks to future of former Bresee's


Klugo said he has been to the library and done homework to find out about the history of the building and store. He can describe the location of the store’s Health Bar, a popular restaurant.

Klugo said the first floor will be open to the public, with access from the parking lot on the Wall Street side to the Main Street doors. The idea, he said, is to have “two fronts.’’

The 8,000-square-foot first floor will be divided into spaces, including his office and four or five retail suites.

The basement will have 10-by-10-foot storage areas for renters, Klugo said. He pointed to first-floor areas that would be retail spaces, an office, restrooms.

The second floor will have six apartments, the third will have five apartments and the fourth will have one apartment, Klugo said. Apartment sizes will range from studio to three bedroom and will rent at market rates, he said.

The site has been one of discovery, too, Klugo said. Layers of wallpaper and plaster on top of brickwork, tell of renovations during the building’s history, along with carpeting and dropped ceilings revealed during gutting.

“It’s kind of cool,’’ Klugo said. And some of that history will be preserved and displayed. A giant cabinet on the first floor will be used for a historic exhibition that will be arranged with help from Marc Bresee, Klugo said.

Klugo said he has worked with state officials on historic preservation. On the second and third floor, apartments will have original window sashes. Wooden ornaments on the staircase will be preserved, he said, and brickwork will be cleaned for display.

“It really creates that artsy, urban feeling,’’ he said.

No two apartments will be the same, or as he said, “no cookie-cutter’’ or “vanilla’’ apartments. A 1,350-square-foot apartment on the third floor will be built around space that in the department store was used for creating artwork and window dressings, he said.

The 1,250 fourth-floor apartment will have two bedrooms, a fireplace and roof deck, Klugo said. The view from the Wall Street side includes Hartwick College and the upper portion of the First United Methodist Church.

Klugo said the former Bresee’s post-and-beam construction is the most-structurally sound of any project in his experience. Hundreds of tons of debris were removed from the site, he said.

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