As we begin a new week, and a new month, we note that the hospital has published on its website updated information about the project.
Some of the information has been posted previously, but other items are new.
Among the highlights we noted:
“Review of property appraisals is ongoing by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), part of the contract approval process for State funding, and should be completed by November, allowing MVHS to move forward with property acquisition. MVHS will continue to work with the City and County to support what assistance they can provide to affected property owners.
The Utica Police Department Maintenance Facility will be acquired as part of the project; timing of its relocation has not been determined. MVHS will work with the City and police department as the project moves forward. The Police Station and the Utica City Court Complex will remain; they are not within the project footprint.
The Certificate of Need application will be submitted to the NYS Department of Health once 30 percent of hospital design is complete, expected to occur by November 2017. MVHS is working through that process with assistance from NYSDOH.
A required State Environmental Quality Review will entail a review of all the project’s potential impacts. MVHS is working with Hammes Company on the SEQR timeline, and preliminary work has begun.
Facility design, to include aesthetic exterior and interior design will consider Utica’s unique architectural character, surrounding neighborhoods and urban development initiatives, and more. This is one of the final components of the design process.
Formal reuse study of St. Elizabeth and St. Luke’s campuses [is] expected to begin next year following completion of the Certificate of Need and environmental review (SEQR) process, as both campuses will be occupied until 2022. The planning and reuse process will engage community stakeholder groups on redevelopment options that fit identified community needs.”
Again, the entire document is online at http://mvhealthsystem.org/files/resources/mvhs_downtown_healthcare_campus_talking_points_-_september_2017.pdf