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Oneonta, the “City of the Hills”, was devastated by economic retrenchment in the latter half of the 20th century.  Faced with job losses, disinvestment, and high poverty rates, the community has overcome its struggles and now sits on the cusp of success.  Persistence and careful planning has positioned the Oneonta Downtown to solidify its role as the center of culture and commerce in the southern Mohawk Valley and northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains.  Governor Cuomo’s bold Downtown Revitalization Initiative is matched only by Oneonta’s bold plans, and will provide the financial resources to bring the community’s transformational strategies to fruition, elevating Downtown Oneonta from good to great.  Follow the links below to learn more about the community’s ambitions.


"The purpose of the DRI is to create more reasons for more people to want to be in our downtown."

- Gary Herzig, Mayor City of Oneonta

 Current DRI Programs


DRI Downtown Improvement Fund

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ROUND II - Creation of New High-Quality, Upper Story Housing Units


The DRI Downtown Improvement Fund (SHARS #20170231) has $2,335,000 in grants available from the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) to provide grant assistance for signage and awnings, façade improvements, creation of upper floor market rate housing, and transformative projects within the DRI boundary.  The first round of proposed awards were announced at the March 5, 2019 Common Council meeting.  The list of recipients can be found here.  Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Horvath, Delaware Engineering, at or 607 432-8073

Application materials are available here:   

           - Application

           - Design Guidelines

           - Program Information

           - DRI Information Session Slides

           - FAQs

           - Signage Scoring Rubric

           - Facade Scoring Rubric

           - Upper Floor Housing Rubric


DRI Branding, Marketing & Downtown Wayfinding Program

The City of Oneonta, through the generosity of New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been allocated funding for this project through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  The total project budget is $570,000 for the Branding and Marketing and Downtown Wayfinding Program.  The City has reviewed many amazing marketing proposals and after careful consideration we have selected Trampoline Design LLC as the consultant to guide the City through the process. Work will begin within the next few months.

New Transit Hub & Parking Garage Renovation

With $2.5M DRI funds and $3.79M from the Federal Transit Administration, administered by the NYS Dept of Transportation, the City will construct a new transit hub on Market Street and make improvements to the existing parking garage.  The new transit hub will be a welcome center and multi-modal facility that will allow the City to keep pace with shifts in the transportation systems.

Market Street Streetscape, Water Street Boardwalk, and Muller Plaza Passage  

A total of $3.42M DRI, ESD, and DEC grant funds will help transform Market Street and South Main Street and provide an urban character consistent with Oneonta's downtown.  Street renovations will be designed to increase pedestrian activity, include landscaping and outdoor seating, plant street trees, and improve turning lanes and access to the new transit hub and renovated parking garage. Improved pedestrian connections will be made from Main Street to Water Street, Market Street, the transit hub, and the parking garage via an upgraded Muller Plaza Passage and a new boardwalk from Water Street to Market Street.    

Westcott Lot Mixed-Use Development

DRI funds of $1.47M will leverage private investment for the development of the Westcott Lot with retail and residential uses. The design for the site will also include a small public plaza on Main Street and a linear public pedestrian passageway that connects Main Street to South Main Street.  

Artspace Preliminary Feasibility Report

In 2018, Minneapolis-based Artspace Consulting conducted a preliminary feasibility assessment and subsequent report as the first step towards developing affordable space solutions for artists and the creative sector in downtown Oneonta. Following their three day visit to the City in October of 2018, they have prepared and submitted their final report to summarize their findings. The final product can be found here.

Oneonta Theatre Feasibility Study and Business Plan Development

Webb Management Services of New York has conducted a feasibility study and business plan for the 1897 Oneonta Theatre.  The Webb Management team presented their findings at a public information meeting at Foothills Performing Arts Center on February 19, 2019.  The presentation materials can be found here and the final report documents are listed below.
         - Final Report
         - Appendices
         - Feasibility Study
         - Cultural District Report

Planning Documents

The planning process was completed with submittal of the Strategic Investment Plan and the State selecting the above projects for DRI funding (see the link to Governor Cuomo's press release, below).   

See links below for more information about the planning process.

 **some of these documents are large and may take some time to open**:

Downtown Revitalization Initiative Strategic Investment Plan

Press Releases:

Governor Cuomo Announces Winning Projects for Oneonta's $10M DRI

DRI Award List

"For Oneonta's Aging Downtown, a $10 Million Face-Lift" - New York Times, 7/24/2017

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