May 12, 2012
Developer buys Homer Laundry building
5 storefronts, 3 apartments planned for the Main Street property
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Tom Niederhofer, owner of Tom Niederhofer Custom Homes and a member of the board of directors for the Center for the Arts, is buying and redeveloping the building that formerly housed Homer Laundry and Cleaners.
HOMER — Tom Niederhofer wants to help revitalize Main Street.
Part of that plan includes the former Homer Laundry building at 19-21 N. Main St.
“I’ve been going to a lot of architectural meetings on the style in Homer,” he said. “I’m all in favor of that, we’re trying to make Main Street a place lots of people want to go to and hopefully we can pull it all together.”
Niederhofer, owner of Tom Niederhofer Custom Homes and a member of the board of directors for the Center for the Arts, is buying the building that formerly housed Homer Laundry and Cleaners.
The sale is not finalized but if everything goes through, it should be completed within the next few days, Niederhofer said.
The property is assessed at $223,200, according to Cortland County Real Property Tax Services.
“We’re waiting on the environmental assessment,” he said. “I made that a condition of the sale and so far I haven’t heard anything too bad.”
Homer Laundry, which closed its doors on April 27, served the Homer community for more than 60 years.
Now Niederhofer plans to turn the building into five storefronts and three apartments upstairs.
“I already own a dozen apartments in Homer that I consider upscale because I’ve remodeled them,” he said. “These will be pretty similar.”
All three apartments will be two-bedroom units. Niederhofer believes they were last lived in over a decade ago, based on letters and cards he found in the rooms.
Since there are five storefronts, Niederhofer is planning for five businesses.
The outer two spaces will have 1,800 square feet of space available and the middle three will have about 1,000 square feet each.
If a business needs more room than that, he is willing to expand the space further, he said.
Niederhofer said he has received considerable interest and that he expects there to be even more interest once the renovations are complete.
“I’m going to start with what I call curb appeal,” he said. “I’m going to redo the facade and work on the inside.”
Niederhofer bought and renovated the former Briggs-Hall Funeral Home next to Homer Laundry last year.
Susan Sandy, president of the Homer Business Association, said the association is happy to see the space being reused.
“While we are sad to see a longtime, locally owned establishment leave the area, we are excited that a local developer has purchased the building that housed the Homer Laundry and Cleaners with the intent to utilize the space for business,” she said.
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