UTICA – The Compassion Coalition says that the amount of money the Mohawk Valley Health System is offering them for their property within the new downtown hospital footprint adds up to about a fifth of what they'd need to move.
Compassion Coalition founder and CEO Mike Servello says they have about 30,000 square feet in their current location on Columbia Street. He says he checked with all the major commercial realtors and says there's nothing like the space he needs in the city of Utica, which means he'd have to build.
Building, he says, would cost around $3 million.
Servello says he appreciates the offer and progress, but the answer is no.
"I'm definitely saying no. Definitely,” Servello said. “We are not going to accept the offer. We have suggested that we be removed from the footprint."
Proceeds from the Compassion Coalition’s grocery store, Your Bargain Grocer, allow them to fill sudden, emergent needs in the community, along with all of their other programs/
The Mohawk Valley Health System responded saying, “"The initial due date for the signed offers, January 15, 2018, has been extended to Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in order to ensure the property owners have sufficient time to review their offer, do research, ask questions and make an informed decision."
MVHS officials say they’ve been meeting with local, county and state officials, as well as local agencies, to discuss what help might be available to the property owners.