Springbrook announced it has finalized the purchase of the Ford Block buildings from 186 to 212 Main Street in Oneonta.

The nonprofit provider of supports and services to people with developmental disabilities will begin renovations on the space in July, a media release said. The $8.9 million project will keep existing retail space on the lower floors while the upper two stories will be converted into 24 studio or one bedroom apartments, with four units reserved as integrated housing for people receiving services from the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. The building will be renamed “The Ford on Main,” the release said.

Renovations will also include the addition of an elevator to give all residents of The Ford on Main access to Main Street and Water Street, as well as renovations to the pass-through area from Main Street to the municipal parking lot located on Water Street.

Springbrook has funded the purchase and planned renovations through various funding sources, including a city of Oneonta grant, a city of Oneonta Downtown Revitalization grant, an Empire State Development grant, Community Preservation Corporation funding, NYS Homes and Community Renewal financing, and the Berkshire Bank Historical Tax Credit.

Springbrook will post regular construction updates on The Ford on Main website www.thefordonmain.com, the release said. As the project begins, the website will house architectural plans, along with a “contact us” option for community members who wish to share their perspective on the plans and renovation progress. Leasing information will be available on the site later in the renovation process.

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