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June 10, 2013

Step Back in Time: June 10, 2013

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25 years ago

June 10, 1988

UNADILLA — The owners of the former Bishop Hotel are considering a number of options, including tearing down the historic Main Street building, if the state Housing Division does not make a decision soon on whether to lend financial support to the owners’ plans for low-income housing.

Stephen Leahy of Morris, who owns the structure along with his father, Oneonta veterinarian Dr. John R. Leahy and his mother, Mary, said he hopes to get a decision from the state by July 4. He said the building season will be nearing its end in July and he wants to know whether he can begin turning the building into housing for the elderly or will have to maintain an empty building for another year.

S.C. Leahy and Associates Inc. asked the state in February to consider providing funds to turn the old hotel into 15 one-bedroom apartments for the elderly and medical/office space on the ground floor. Stephen Leahy said a decision from the state was held up by the delay in passing the budget, then by a vacation and then by the long Memorial Day weekend.

According to Tom Viola, public information officer for the state Housing Division, the Leahys never filed a formal application. He said division representative Robert Shields recommended this month that the Leahys incorporate as a housing development fund corporation, and was told by Stephen Leahy that they would do so. Once the Leahys become eligible recipients, Viola said, they can file for a fund application.

If the Leahys receive no word in early July or are turned down for their request, Stephen Leahy said other options would have to be looked into, including building demolition. He said he and his family have looked into funding the project themselves, but found rehabilitation would cost $600,000-$700,000.

While low-income housing for the elderly is still the main plan, Dr. Leahy said besides demolition, other options could include removing all but the main floor and turning the space into commercial property.


50 years ago

June 10, 1963

W. Clyde Wright of Oneonta has underwritten construction costs of a $1,000,000 Library-Science complex at Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa, as a memorial to his mother and father.

Mr. Wright, 54, a civic and business leader, made the gift to the college about two years ago, but formal announcement was not made until last week.

Mr. Wright is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the college. He was previously head of the Finance and Development Committee. He is also chairman of the board of the First Presbyterian Church of Oneonta.

His gift made possible the $450,000 Madaline Wright Memorial Library and the $550,000 William G. Wright Hall of Science.

“There is a great and definite need in our country for the independent liberal arts type of college, as personified by Parsons,” Wright said.

Parsons, a liberal arts college related to the Presbyterian Church, has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, including 25 or 30 from the Oneonta area.

Mr. Wright became a trustee of Parsons in 1959 after receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree from the college.

He has previously received a distinguished citizenship award from Hartwick College.