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September 11, 2013

Main Street to host upper-floor tour


Brzozowski said the second floor of 219-225 St. has a layout of a former rooming house but has been unoccupied for about 40 years and has ``a lot of potential” for restoration.

“That’s one of the most interesting ones on the tour,” he said.

Jeff House, acting community development director for the city of Oneonta, said he will be stationed on the second floor of the Ford Block building. Visitors may walk along the second floor, which extends from the buildings end at Muller Plaza to the area above the Latte Lounge and Subway restaurants, he said. The floor was gutted during urban renewal decades ago, he said, and remains raw and undeveloped.

“For the most part, the space is wide open, undeveloped space,” House said. The tour will present “developable acreage” on upstairs floors, he said, and may spark ideas among investors about possibilities in downtown Oneonta.

And with the range of raw and developed upper levels shown, the tour will give the general public a picture of the investment need for development, House said.

Neither Brzozowski, Common Council member for the Seventh Ward, nor House could recall a time when multiple buildings had opened up second floors for tours.

“It’s a great idea,” House said.

Brzozowski said GOHS had been considering sponsoring such a tour for several years.

“We’re finally pulling it off,” Brzozowski said. To follow up the tour, workshops may be offered on tax incentives and other topics that might be helpful to developers, he said.

Tickets are $8 but for GOHS or MSO members, tickets cost $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the History Center or at the MSO office at 242 Main St. for $1 off. Between noon and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, tickets will be sold at the History Center.

The ability to climb stairs is required at some of the venues. For more information, contact or 432-0960.




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