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October 15, 2013

City to review proposals for bank, vet's office

By Denise Richardson Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The Bank of Cooperstown proposes opening a branch in Oneonta, and its plans will be reviewed by the city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday night.

Two buildings on lower Main Street in the city would be demolished to make room for the proposed branch, according to documents before the commission. 

Planners will meet in Common Council Chambers in City Hall, 258 Main St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The commission also will review plans and the environmental impact of a proposed expansion at Oneonta Veterinary Hospital in the East End of the city.

Planners will consider an initial sketch plan for a proposed Bank of Cooperstown office to be on Main Street near the intersection of Neahwa Place.

Bank of Cooperstown President Scott D. White said the bank already conducts business in Oneonta.

“Oneonta is a good and growing market,” White said Monday night by telephone. “We think it would be a good fit for our bank.”

If the needed city and banking approvals are met, the hope is to start the construction project this year and open the branch office in April or May, with three employees, White said.

According to plans submitted to the Oneonta Code Enforcement Office, the project would involve purchasing properties at 34 and 36 Main St. and the razing two residences.

Property owners are Peter Hattem for 34 Main St. and 36 Main Street Realty Inc. for 36 Main St., application documents said, and the lots would be consolidated for the development, which would include a building, parking areas and a drive-through service area.

Carlin Campbell, a project manager with PWCampbell design-and-build firm in Pittsburgh, is scheduled to present the bank’s plans at the meeting.

The two properties are located in a Gateway Mixed-Use District.

Under city code, at the request of an applicant, a sketch plan conference may be held between the Planning Commission and the applicant to review site design concept and generally determine information to be required on the site plan.

Bank of Cooperstown, at 73 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown, specializes in services to small and medium-sized businesses, agribusiness enterprises and farming operations, plus financing professional practices and commercial real estate owners and developers.

Independently owned USNY Bank, which operates as Bank of the Finger Lakes in Geneva and Bank of Cooperstown, opened in 2007. In July, USNY Bank reported unaudited net income of $559,375 for the second-quarter of the year and $1,104,574 for the first six-months of this year. Total assets grew about 12 percent from $145,941,258 as of Dec. 31 to $163,402,800 as of June 30, a media release said.

Also on Wednesday, Oneonta planners will review a proposal to expand a veterinary business.

Joan K. Puritz has submitted application documents to expand her Oneonta Veterinary Hospital at 525-529 Main St. Puritz proposes building a 1,664 square-foot addition on the front of the existing 3,286 square-foot building.

The first-floor of the addition will be used for examination rooms and a handicapped accessible bathroom, according to documents filed with the city code office, and the addition’s basement area will be used for mechanicals, computer accessories and an employee break room.

Planners will consider a short version of the State Environmental Quality Review Act form before conducting a site plan review for the veterinary business’s proposed expansion.