UTICA, N.Y. – The City of Utica is investing $12 million into infrastructure improvements as part of the Utica Prosperity Initiative.
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri says the first phase will allocate money for projects using funds from the American Rescue Plan.
The public provided input on which projects and programs should be prioritized.
The first round of funding has been allocated, but Palmieri says others are under review for future phases.
“The Utica Prosperity Initiative is a unique opportunity to transform our community and enhance the quality of life for our residents. This announcement is the first phase of the city’s investment," he said. "We will continue to review and evaluate projects as more exciting announcements will be forthcoming.”
The funding in the first round will go toward the following:
- Additional street paving and sewer infrastructure improvements
- Enhancements of city parks
- Small Business Assistance Programs
- Child-care expansion
- Residential Rehabilitation Program
- Gun violence prevention and law enforcement career recruiting efforts
- New James Street Marketplace with Loft Apartments
- Upgrade of city’s website & electronic services
- Necessary repairs to public facilities (including police and fire stations)
City park enhancements will include adding a splash pad and a dog park at T.R. Proctor Park, and improvements at Chancellor Park.
The child care expansion will build on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, which will make child care available until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Some of the funding designated for police will help the city roll out strategies outlined in the new reform plan.
A new facility will also be built on James Street at the site of the former Cornhill Senior Center. The complex will include a grocery market, business incubators and loft housing. There will also be access to broadband for low-income families in the area.
Palmieri says more information about the projects will be released as they progress.