Community members raise questions, concerns over downtown hospital project at MVHS forum

UTICA, N.Y. -Mohawk Valley Health System officials received feedback from the community Thursday, as they begin the next phase in the downtown hospital project.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 12:16 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -Mohawk Valley Health System officials received feedback from the community Thursday, as they begin the next phase in the downtown hospital project.

MVHS will begin their State Environmental Quality Review in January and they expect to complete it in nine months.

The review will investigate the quality of the hospital site and determine the amount of land remediation that will be required before building.

Thursday evening, MVHS hosted two informational sessions at the Radisson Hotel for community members to attend.
Much like Wednesday's presentation at the Utica common council meeting, officials discussed site plans, design ideas and took questions from attendees.

Many attendees raised concerns about a number of the project's facets, including the aging city infrastructure's ability to support a hospital and the building layout plans.

"My concern is that usually people spend a lot of time on the structure and how it's going to look, rather than how it's going to help people," Anandavalli Menon, a retired psychiatrist said. "Where will the services be located? Will they have satellite programs?"

"Traffic management," Warren Hall, a New Hartford resident said. "In the local area, the number of ambulances and the number of service vehicles needed to support a major hospital will be very, very significant."

"I have concerns maybe at this point in time, that it may be closing the barn door after the horses are already out," Cynthia Conkling, a registered nurse said. " I don't think the infrastructure, being so old in downtown Utica, is adequate to support a hospital."

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