ONEONTA, N.Y. - A public hearing was held Tuesday night regarding the Generic Environmental Impact Statement associated with the proposed Oneonta Rail Yards project.
The impact statement analyzed the environmental impacts on the re-development of the rail yards.
It was a full house at City Hall, and many people voiced their concerns about the environmental impacts this project could have on the area and the people that live there.
The biggest concern for most people is the use of energy and that the impact statement says the use of fossil fuels will be required during the construction and operational phases of the project.
The people who spoke against this say they are not opposed to creating economic development in that area, they just want to see economic development that is future oriented. They want to see the site powered by renewable and clean energy sources.
The next step is for the mayor to carefully analyze these comments and concerns, but he says he sees the positive changes this project could bring.
"It is a unique opportunity," Mayor Gary Herzig said. "It's been described as a unicorn because it is so unique, to create 50, 100, or even more good paying jobs and those are so desperately needed by the people in this area."
Nothing was voted on Tuesday night and there will be another public hearing held March 5th. The period for public comments has been extended to March 18th.