Project progress

Important milestones, past and future, for #mvhsdowntown:

November 2014: MVHS announces it is “exploring opportunities to possibly fund and build a new, single hospital for the community”

2015: MVHS begins community engagement, eventually holding hundreds of meetings, large and small, with individuals, neighborhood groups, organizations, community leaders, inviting feedback from thousands of area residents

January 2015: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo cites the project in his State of the State address, saying $300 million would help “to create an integrated healthcare system in Oneida County”

April 2015: NYS Legislature approves budget with $300 million for “a capital
project . . . located in the largest population center in Oneida County that will consolidate
multiple licensed health care facilities into an integrated system of care.”

September 2015: MVHS Board of Directors approves Downtown Utica site for regional healthcare campus project

March 2016: Legislature affirms $300 million in project funding

November 2016-January 2017: MVHS prepares and files Request for Application to obtain the budgeted $300 million

January 2017: Public forums held at Radisson; project architectural and construction firms hired

April 2017: NYS Health Department announces that MVHS is the recipient of the $300 million described in the budget

October 2017: Community Foundation, Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, Genesis Group, Mohawk Valley EDGE announce united support for project

November 2017: Regional healthcare campus site plan unveiled

December 2017: Informational sessions held at Radisson

April 2018: NYS Health Department approves Certificate of Need with contingencies; business owners, developers gather in support of project; City of Utica, Oneida County announce eminent domain responsibility

May 2018: More than 40 percent of affected property owners have signed purchase option agreements with MVHS

June 2018: The required environmental review often referred to by its acronym, SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), is underway. Union members and other project supporters ralliy outside SEQR hearing.

July 2018: City of Utica Planning Board votes unanimously to accept final SEQR scoping document, which outlines what will be addressed in the project’s environmental impact statement.

October 2018: Projected conclusion of environmental review process

Mid-2019: Groundbreaking and start of construction

2022: Project completion

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