On Wednesday, The City of Oneonta announced an award of funding to renovate the upstairs apartments in four downtown buildings.  The money is part of the $10 million state-funded Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).

According to a press release, the buildings where apartments will be built include 285 Main St., owned by Joseph Grigoli and home to Sal’s Pizzeria; 250 Main St., owned by Peter Clark and home to Shops at Ford on Main; 177 Main St. owned by Russ Scimeca and home to Roots Brewing Company; and 186-212 Main St., owned by Springbrook.

A portion of the DRI funding, $2.3 million, has been designated for downtown businesses and in March of last year, 50 grant awards were made from that portion to various businesses, primarily for signage and facades, with several of the projects scheduled to begin this spring. Anything left after that was set aside for projects to renovate upper floors in downtown buildings for apartments.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig commented, “These four local businesses have demonstrated a willingness to invest their time, energy, and resources into the revitalization of our downt. These projects will both provide much needed new housing options and energize our downtown.”