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September 11, 2013

Main Street to host upper-floor tour

History buffs, developers and the curious may be interested in a tour of a different level offered along downtown Oneonta’s Main Street on Sunday, organizers said Tuesday.

The second floors of nine properties will be opened to visitors to give a glimpse of history and a hint at potential development opportunities, organizers said.

“Looking Up! A Tour of Downtown Upper Floors” will be from 1 to 4 p.m. The Greater Oneonta Historical Society and Main Street Oneonta are sponsoring the event. Tickets cost $8, a charge that will help cover expenses, which include food and entertainment at some sites, said GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski. A paper handout will provide details about the sites on the self-guided tour, he said, and balloon bouquets will designate entrances.

The tour sites include the former Bresee’s Oneonta Department Store building, which has been converted into retail space on the first floor and apartments on the upper floors. The opening is the first opportunity for the general public to view the upper floor renovations, organizers said.

The other upper story sites on the tour are at 1 Dietz St., which has been renovated into apartments; the History Center’s ballroom; in the Masonic Lodge/Fairchild Mansion; in Stevens Hardware building; the Ford Block; the Oneonta Hotel; at 164 Main St.; and at 219-225 Main St.

Ticket holders may visit upper floors of any or all of the participating venues, organizers said, and someone will be posted at each location to provide information and answer questions.

“Downtown Oneonta has some very interesting second and third floors, areas that have been restored or renovated as well as spaces that haven’t changed in decades,” Brzozowski said in a media release. “This look at Oneonta past, present, and future is intended for everyone — history buffs, potential investors and the simply curious.”

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