The city of Oneonta Planning Commission unanimously approved the site plan application for the proposed Lofts on Dietz at a special meeting held Wednesday night, Nov. 6, according to a media release.
The “Lofts on Dietz” mixed-use building will provide 40 units of affordable living and working space for artists and 24 middle- income apartments, the release said. It will also provide a home for the Hartwick College Grain Innovation Center and a first floor art gallery. The grain innovation center will be a component of the college’s developing Institute for Sustainable Foods.
The Planning Commission’s approval came a day after the city’s Common Council approved the sale of about a half-acre of the two-acre Dietz Street parking lot to Parkview Development LLC for $257,500. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2020, the release said.
In the release, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig said: “Together, we have taken a significant step forward in bringing commerce, vibrancy, and creativity to downtown Oneonta. The proposed Hartwick College Grain Innovation Center brings an academic presence to our downtown that has long been sought. Lofts on Dietz will help address our need for better housing options and will provide a spark to our efforts in positioning Oneonta to be a thriving community of the future.”