October 26, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has finalized the site plan for the new regional healthcare campus. With the refinement of the plan, three properties that were originally identified for use by the system are no longer within the campus boundaries. MVHS officials recently met with these property owners to make them aware that their properties are no longer included in the plan for the new, regional healthcare campus.
The three properties no longer in the final site plan are Eggers Caryl & Corrigan (Oriskany Street and Broadway), Rockford Auto Glass (Oriskany Street and Washington Street) and a building owned by The Orange Tree, LLC (Lafayette Street and Broadway).
“We know this process has been challenging for the business and property owners and we appreciate their patience as we have been working through this complex project,” said Scott. H. Perra, president/CEO of MVHS. “In April, we received notification that we were awarded the $300 million Transformation Grant from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and in May we began working on the design of the hospital. Designing for a new healthcare campus is an interesting experience; we are designing from the inside out, first looking at the processes to care for the patients and then designing the space to provide the care. We reviewed a number of scenarios for how the hospital footprint, parking garage and parking areas would fit into the final site plan; once we had that completed, we could reach out to the property owners.”
MVHS officials are now working to coordinate a date for the public announcement. The site plan includes refinement of the campus boundaries, hospital size and placement, and location of ancillary buildings and parking amenities. It does not include the aesthetics of the facility design, which are still under development.
In addition, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) finished its initial review of the property appraisals. DASNY has requested additional information for 11 of those properties and MVHS is in the process of reaching out to those property owners for the information.
MVHS is working to complete the additional DASNY requests with the property owners in the next 60 days. Once that work is done and accepted by DASNY, MVHS will be able to move forward and meet with property owners. It is estimated to take between 12 and 18 months from the time the purchase offer is made and accepted to conclusion of the acquisition. The hospital is still on track to open in 2022.
Officials from MVHS are continuing to work with Oneida County and the City of Utica to encourage them to reach out to downtown property owners to see what type of support the government entities can provide to the owners.
For more information, including project updates and timeline, or to provide feedback on the project, please visit www.mvhealthsystem.org/new-beginning.