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New developments for the Oneonta Rail Yard

There are new developments in the Oneonta Rail Yard project. The common council held a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the next step.

Posted: Jan 16, 2019 12:13 AM
Updated: Jan 16, 2019 8:58 AM

ONEONTA, N.Y. - There are new developments in the Oneonta Rail Yard project. The common council held a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the next step. 

Mayor Gary Herzig says this project is a unique opportunity for the city. He says the new facility will bring in about 50 to 100 quality jobs that are needed in the community. The Mayor also says it will be a high demand for manufacturing, distribution, and technology oriented industries.

The rail yard will be located on Roundhouse Rd., near Chestnut St.

The council reviewed a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement that came back after a environmental impact study was done. The statement outlines all of the potential environmental factors that could be affected by this project. 

"Well the environmental impacts are there are wetlands on the site and remediation of those wetlands," said Mayor Gary Herzig. "Anything in those wetlands will have to be remediated, that is something we will have to explore, how it will be done. There are some minor traffic issues which will have to be taken a look at, the report is that the traffic issues are not so large that they wont be overcome."

The Mayor says that while the environmental impact statement addresses these challenges, he says it is clear that this is an achievable project. The statement will be made available on the City of Oneonta's website, digital copies are on CD for viewing at the Huntington Memorial Library, and paper copies can be requested from the city.

There were no public comments at the meeting, but there will be a public hearing on Feb. 5th at 7 p.m. regarding the environmental impact statement at City hall. Written public comments will be accepted from now until Feb 22. 

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