Otsego County Supreme Court dismisses Lofts on Dietz lawsuit

The Otsego County Supreme Court has dismissed all claims in a lawsuit that was filed against the city of Oneonta in December over the construction of the Lofts on Dietz Street.

Posted: Jun 19, 2020 2:06 PM

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Otsego County Supreme Court has dismissed all claims in a lawsuit that was filed against the city of Oneonta in December over the construction of loft apartments on Dietz Street.

A group of business owners in Oneonta filed the lawsuit, claiming that the city of Oneonta, its planning commission and other parties wrongfully approved the Lofts on Dietz Street project and did not following zoning requirements.

Otsego County Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma issued his decision to dismiss the claims on Wednesday, June 17.

“I find them unavailing and without merit. Therefore, I am dismissing the amended petition/complaint and I am upholding the respondents’ determination to issue a negative declaration; to grant site plan approval to the Lofts on Dietz Street project; and to waive any additional parking requirements,” said Coccoma.

The suit claimed that the project would obstruct views and hinder business by removing parking spots and making for a longer walk to local offices.

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