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Local entrepeneur: Utica boulevard project would be "devastating"

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri's proposed boulevard concept for downtown isn't going to help it, according to one downtown businessman.

Tom Clark owns Adirondack Bank on Genesee Street near Grace Church and "devastating" is the word he uses to describe the effect he believes the mayor's proposed boulevard concept would have on at least his, and in all likelihood many other downtown businesses.

The mayor wants to turn four-lane Genesee Street into a two-lane with a median in between. While it may be aesthetically pleasing, Clark thinks it will not help business because it will not make it easy to get here.

"I've driven up and down Genesee Street probably 20 times in the last three days and on most occasions, there's a blockage of one lane," Clark said. "That would mean Genesee Street would basically be blocked."

Clark applauds the mayor for wanting a parking garage downtown but says the downtown boulevard plan is not the way to go.

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