Common Council approves Irish Cultural Center's proposal to buy property

The Irish Cultural Center submitted an application to purchase the property at 613 Columbia Street in West Utica, and the Common Council approved the proposal Wednesday night.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 11:17 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2017 9:32 AM

The Irish Cultural Center submitted an application to purchase the property at 613 Columbia Street in West Utica, and the Common Council approved the proposal Wednesday night.

With a unianimous vote, the Utica Common Council approved the sale of 613 Columbia Street, the property is adjacent to the Irish Cultural Center.

Developers put in a 60-thousand dollar offer to buy the land, which the city inherited in a foreclosure.

There is currently a building occupying that space, but now that the sale has been approved, the Executive Director of the Urban Renewal Agency, Brian Thomas, explained what the next steps are.

"The City and Urban Renewal Agency are working with the greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank to determine whether deconstruction or demotion would be more cost efficient," said Thomas. "We're in the process of finalizing those numbers and making a decision on the best way and most cost effective way to remove that building. But once that building is removed, then the Irish Cultural Center would close on the property and be able to expand their footprint."

Thomas elaborated on what the Irish Cultural Center would do with that property, he said they could expand to an outdoor patio space or extra parking.

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