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Roefaro to unveil Utica Master Plan

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - While campaigning for office, Utica Mayor David Roefaro said the city needed a master plan. Three years and $350,000 later, that plan is set to be unveiled.

The mayor, city planners and representatives from Saratoga Associates, the firm that crafted the plan, will be in the city hall lobby at 2:00pm Tuesday to share the plan with the public. The plan identifies needs and goals in five specific areas, and recommends corrective plans of action.

"...housing, neighborhood development, infrastructure, waterfront development, business and technology, parks, recreation, historic preservation and then downtown development so looking at how those areas overall impact the city and development in those areas will become the future of the city," says Senior City Planner Dana Crisino.

The plan identifies ways of accomplishing the goals set forth in it within a 10-year time frame. It does not identify funding sources for the money needed to get the job done.

The city council will have to adopt the plan in order for it to be put into practice. Before they do, there will be public hearings. Both should happen some time in August.

The master plan is approximately 120 pages long. Copies are available through the mayor's office.

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