Local residents get firsthand look at Harbor Point development progress

As the Harbor Point project pushes forward in Utica, developers wanted to showcase what's been done and what has yet to be done in order to bring local residents up to speed.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017 12:03 PM
Updated: Nov. 15, 2017 12:03 PM

UTICA – As the Harbor Point project pushes forward in Utica, developers wanted to showcase what's been done and what has yet to be done in order to bring local residents up to speed.

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But this wasn't a power point presentation – this was a firsthand look at the progress. Yesterday a walking tour and a bus tour took place through the inner harbor and the under-utilized sites surrounding the Erie Canal.

The bus tour looked at Bagg's Square, Union Station, the Landmarc Building, and other historic and up-and-coming areas around Utica’s downtown area. The tour also reached as far as the Marcy Nano Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

“On the south side is the National Grid property that’s been cleaned up by National Grid and we were working with them to develop that into fields, recreation, baseball soccer, walking trails,” said Vincent Gilroy Jr., chair of the Utica Harbor Point Development. “We’re talking about an amphitheatre on the water and hopefully eventually tying it into the auditorium, and Baggs Square and the downtown district.”

This project has been in the works for many years under several administrations.

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