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February 20, 2013

City to hear housing, sports project plans

Oneonta planners will consider proposals for a sport and recreation club on Roundhouse Road and for an apartment complex in the Sixth Ward.

Business owners are scheduled to present sketch plans for projects at the Planning Commission meeting in Common Council Chambers at City Hall, 258 Main St., at 7 tonight. At a sketch plan conference, planners and an applicant review the basic site design concept and determine information required to be on a site plan.

A proposed apartment complex on Blodgett Drive isn’t on tonight’s agenda.

Edward, Frank and Darren Gaisford, owners of Better Home Improvement Co., propose developing properties at 196 River St. and 3 VanWoert Ave. into a complex with four apartment buildings with a total of 15 dwelling units.

According to documents submitted from Better Home Improvement, the complex is intended to attract upper middle-class tenants who are looking for convenience, energy efficiency and attractiveness. Most units will be two-story dwellings with bedrooms and a full bathroom on the second story, and a kitchen, living area and utility/bathroom on the first floor.

Development would be in three phases, with each phase including construction of one new building, the documents said, and an existing building will be converted.

The lots involved border River Street, VanWoert Avenue and Associate Drive, a letter to planners said, and rental homes at 196 River St. and 3 VanWoert Ave., would be demolished.

The properties also have a work shop with four attached utility bays and a dilapidated swimming pool. The utility bays would be removed, the plans said, and the swimming pool filled in. The existing shop would be converted into two dwelling units.

BHI built a prototype in the town of Oneonta in 2011, and the units were rented to area professional weeks before completion, the letter said.

Planners also will hear about a project in the former railyard near North Fonda Avenue.

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