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June 7, 1962

Construction of St. Mary's new rectory on Walnut Street in Oneonta next to the church begins today.

Estimated cost of the two-story brick structure which could accommodate five priests is $150,000, the Rev. George Phillips, assistant to the pastor, said yesterday.

He said that a financial drive to pay for the new building would get underway "some time in fall."

Three Oneonta firms were given the bids for construction of the rectory.

Neil Nielsen Inc. will do the general contracting. Mr. Nielsen's firm built the present church which was opened in March of 1957.

The plumbing and heating contract went to A.J. Rorick and the electrical contract was given to Utter Electric.

The new structure will contain 16 main rooms, not including bathrooms.

"We expect to move in by Dec. 15," Father Phillips said.

Currently St. Mary's rectory is on Grand Street next to the former site of the old St. Mary's Church.

Architects for the new structure are Gander, Gander and Gander of Albany.

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Arthur A. Cunningham is pastor of St. Mary's Church.

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