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Neighborhood Depot formally breaks ground in Owego

By Traci DeLore (


The Neighborhood Depot project, shown in this rendering, broke ground on Friday, Nov. 10. Once complete, the facility will house several nonprofit organizations, allowing them to reduce their overhead costs and make it easier for people to access services from one location. (Rendering credit: Racker website)

OWEGO, N.Y. — The Neighborhood Depot, an $8.1 million shared facility for nonprofits, broke ground on Friday morning, Nov. 10, with a ceremony at 146 Central Ave.

The 16,000-square-foot facility will serve as the home of Tioga United Way, Tioga County Rural Ministry, and Racker once complete, allowing the agencies to share overhead costs. It will also double as an emergency response center in times of crisis.

The Neighborhood Depot will serve a large cross-section of vulnerable and underserved in the region through the collaborative effort of partnering organizations, which offer an array of services, supports, and programs  including early childhood services, assistance for people with disabilities, and support for those in poverty.

The project has received funding from public and private sources including a community development block grant, congressionally directed funding through U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Empire State Development, Tioga County Legislature, Tioga County Economic Development, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, Owego’s 2018 New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and several private funders.

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