The city of Utica’s Economic Development Agency is actively working to market the former General Electric building on Bleecker Street. A $2 million dollar grant will help, if the city gets it.
The building has been owned by the city for the past five years. They've applied for the grant to rehabilitate parts of the building like the asbestos roof and exterior cladding.
The city is expecting to hear back from the state about the grant in early 2018.
“The city is hopeful that we can rehabilitate the building and put it back on the tax roles in the hands of a private entity that will utilize the building and employ dozens if not more given its size,” said Brian Thomas, Utica’s commissioner of urban and economic development.
The building has been vacant for about 10 years now.