The City of Oneonta has made a list that could be very instrumental in preserving Oneonta's treasured historic buildings in the Downtown district. The Preservation League of New York State has put Oneonta on its "Seven to Save" list for 2022-23.

The Preservation League of New York State is an organization whose focus is to "invest in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes". With its "Seven to Save" program, the group identifies historic sites that are most endangered in New York State and then proceeds to assist municipalities with the preservation of those sites in a variety of different ways - by working with local advocates, raising awareness and visibility for those historic sites, and by providing technical services.

Downtown Oneonta's charm is so tied to the historic buildings in that district but unfortunately, there are historic buildings that are unoccupied and are in need of repairs and remodeling to ready them to be occupied in some way.

In a City of Oneonta Facebook post on Monday, Deputy Community Development Director for the City of Oneonta, Stephen Yerly commented on Oneonta making the Preservation League's Seven to Save list: “Oneonta’s Downtown Historic District is not just a business district, it is representative of generations of hopes and dreams, it is an investment made by those who came before us and one that we will leave for those who come after. You can see the full post below...

This is certainly wonderful news for the City of Oneonta and its residents who truly appreciate the historic value of Downtown Oneonta buildings and don't want to see any of them demolished down the road to make way for modern structures.

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For more information about the Seven to Save program visit preservenys.org/seven-to-save.

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