Help for non-profits, businesses

From the Observer-Dispatch, January 21, 2018

In their own words

Here’s what people had to say about the nonprofits located on the proposed site of a downtown Utica hospital and the difficulties of moving them:

Alicia Dicks, president/CEO, The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties:

“The Community Foundation is sympathetic to the concerns expressed by all property owners affected by this community project, especially nonprofit organizations. Discussions among (Mohawk Valley) EDGE and other project partners about assistance to property owners are ongoing. Since no two are identical, evaluating these needs on a case-by-case basis will be important.”

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri

“The city of Utica has worked proactively and diligently with business owners in the downtown hospital footprint, including nonprofits. Along with staff, I have personally met with most business owners and nonprofits in the affected area. As a result of reaching out to these nonprofits, the city and Urban Renewal Agency worked with the Compassion Coalition to identify city-owned land where the coalition’s expanded store could be located and constructed. City staff has and will continue to work with all partners to help support the relocation of impacted property owners within the city of Utica.”

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica

“We have great nonprofits in this area. I don’t want to see any of them close their doors and not be able to provide services. (I’m urging the health system and city to do all they can for property owners to ensure) “that they get fair and decent offers that will allow them to continue to operate so we won’t see anyone go out of business.”


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