Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Consulting firm chosen to lead Harbor Point development
By NEWSChannel 2 Staff


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A consulting company has been chosen by the City of Utica to create the plan for redeveloping Harbor Point.

According to Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, the Harbor Point Local Development Corporation Board of Directors has selected Elan Planning/Design/Landscape Architecture, PLLC out of Saratoga Springs to lead the creation of a plan for Harbor Point.

Palmieri says the plan will incorporate a market study of land uses including retail, commercial and residential; a feasibility study examining the potential relocation of existing Canal Corporation facilities; a public outreach/stakeholder involvement program; and the development of three alternative land use concepts.

"Harbor Point has momentum. What was once just an idea is on its way to becoming a reality," Mayor Palmieri said. "the city's greatest economic development potential lies in the revitalization of the Harbor and Harbor Point. The plan will lead to the private development of the 20 acres to be deeded from the State of New York to the Harbor Point LDC. The state's designation of Utica as the site of one of the three upstate casinos will drive the revitalization as well."

Elan will serve as the lead consultant, guiding a number of subconsultants, including Shumaker Engineering of Utica, The Paige Group of Utica, O'Brien & Gere of Syracuse, Harris Beach of Buffalo and The Williams Group of Old Greenwich, CT.

The contact cost is $209,432, which Palmieri states will be funded through a grant secured by the city in the first round of consolidated funding applications.

The plan is expected to be complete within six months.