Utica ideas to sell Kennedy garage MVHS, Oneida County baffled at shift

With the energetic construction web-site of the upcoming downtown healthcare facility looming in the background, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri announced the proposed sale of the Kennedy parking garage Thursday morning. 

Even though the mayor described the sale as the next fascinating chapter in the redevelopment of downtown and a gain-acquire for town taxpayers, the announcement was fulfilled with shock and issue by Mohawk Valley Wellness Procedure and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr.

The trio signed a nonbinding memorandum of settlement in 2017 to address parking for the new healthcare facility, which integrated economical guidance and availability in the city’s parking constructions.   

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri announces the proposed sale of the Kennedy parking garage on July 22, 2021.

The proposed sale

The Metropolis of Utica designs to offer the garage, which desires additional than $13 million in repairs, to Albany-primarily based The Pike Business and Syracuse-dependent Bower Developments. The private partnership then programs to repair the composition and build a resort on best. 

The software from Pike and Bowers features consideration of an additional stage of parking on best of the Kennedy to accommodate the wants of the medical center and resort, a assertion from Palmieri said. A structural engineer identified the garage could support extra layers of parking in 2019. 

The developers are proposing as a lot of as 200 additional parking spaces at the Kennedy garage.

A rendering of an early concept of the Kennedy garage restoration and hotel addition in downtown Utica.

The proposed sale was permitted by the city’s City Renewal Agency on Thursday morning, but even now will have to have to be authorised by the Common Council. A public listening to also would be held prior to the vote on offering the 2.9-acre parcel with an assessed worth of $4 million. 

Palmieri touted the proposed sale as required to restore the 595 parking-house garage, of which only 100 areas are at present used, before Mohawk Valley Well being System’s Wynn Hospital is total in 2023. It also would place the parking garage on the city’s assets tax rolls.