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Utica Mayor, West Utica residents enthusiastic about development at former Bossert site

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A multi-million dollar company plans to build a 20,000 square foot retail facility on the former Bossert Manufacturing site in West Utica.

James Ranalli, CEO of United Auto Supply has made a purchase offer that has been accepted by Urban Renewal.

"As we all know, this has been a site we have talked about for almost a decade and mediation went in there and (had) a lot of talks and I am happy to say we are on first base," said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. "We haven't been able to get to first base and we are there and I am very excited."

Palmieri says the new branch of United Auto Supply could bring close to 50 jobs to West Utica.

Residents and business owners nearby say they hope the project brings more traffic and more money into the area. Cheryl Allen, who owns Ambrosia's Deli Pub which looks out onto the now vacant site, is enthusiastic about the sale.

"It's great," she said. "It's been an empty lot for a long time. Hopefully it will rejuvenate the area and we will get people in here for lunches and bring people to the area."

Palmieri says Ranalli is planning to do more with the area then just open up his shop.

"I am very much encouraged and he is looking to develop the area, not only for that, but potentially for grocery stores and other things and bringing jobs to the area," says Pamieri.

Before construction can begin, the Utica Common Council must vote on the proposal at their next meeting.

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