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Plan for Sports Complex in North Utica draws criticism

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - There is a proposal to build a new sports complex in North Utica. The plan is drawing criticism from some residents and council members who attended Thursday night's Urban Economic and Development meeting.

The complex would be built at Horatio Seymour Park off of Euclid Road. Right now a few baseball diamonds fill up the space. The project would cost an estimated $1.6 million. That money would buy a football and soccer field, skateboard park, in-ground pool, playground, basketball and tennis courts and a dog park.

Some people who attended the meeting oppose the idea and say that money might be put to better use. 1st Ward Councilman Frank Vescera says he has heard the same thing from his constituents. " The infrastructure is very important to many folks across the city and fixing the roads is probably one of the biggest issues that I hear about on a daily basis," said Vescera. Others say the money would be better used to put more police officers on the streets and buy new patrol cars for the department. Vescera says the city would have to go into debt for the money.

Utica Mayor David Roefaro and 6th Ward Councilman Dick Lawler are behind the proposal. Construction would be completed in two phases. The issue will be discussed again at the next meeting.

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