Funding for Wynn Hospital parking garage called into question

Oneida County entered into an agreement with the City of Utica to share the cost of building a parking garage for the new Wynn Hospital downtown.

Posted: Jun 14, 2021 11:56 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Oneida County entered into an agreement with the City of Utica to share the cost of building a parking garage for the new Wynn Hospital downtown. County Executive Anthony Picente says the city isn’t holding up its end of the bargain – but the City says they are moving funds around to be able to continue to contribute.

According to the Memorandum of Agreement from 2017, the city would pay 40% and the county would pay 60% to complete the garage. To make up the city’s shortfall, Picente secured $10 million in Upstate Revitalization Initiative funding.

With the cost of construction supplies increasing, Picente hopes that will be enough to cover the gap left by the city.

“It becomes more of a challenge because depending on what the overall construction looks like on this garage, with the cost of materials going up because of what we're seeing, is that 10 million going to be enough to fill the gap; I hope so it's going to have to be and we're going to have to make adjustments,” said Picente.

In November of 2020, Utica’s 4th Ward Councilman Frank Meola told NEWSChannel 2 he didn’t think the city would be able to meeting it’s $300,000 annual contribution because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, the city released a statement, saying they continue to support the hospital project, and have reallocated nearly $6 million for the garage so far.

“The city has not backed away from its commitment, but rather stepped up and decided to finance its commitment of the garage by reallocating its secured grant funding. In conversations with state officials, this arrangement was agreed to by all parties. It is disappointing the city must address inaccurate claims and rhetoric.”

According to the statement, $6 million in city grant funds have gone toward the hospital parking garage already.

“Including the $3 million URI grant, the city has contributed a total of $6 million in grant funds towards the new parking garage. The city secured these grants for other purposes; but, in being a strong project partner, decided to contribute the funds to the garage. In addition, the city has invested nearly $8 million in infrastructure improvements to ensure the hospital project comes to fruition.”

Mohawk Valley Health System released the following statement to NEWSChannel 2 when asked about the garage funding:

"We appreciate all of the support we have received from this community."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2144741

Reported Deaths: 53625
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings28693510515
Queens28186010017
Suffolk2038173412
Nassau1868083184
Bronx1863366595
New York1424754529
Westchester1311792296
Erie905071814
Richmond769801853
Monroe698271117
Orange48948847
Rockland47345758
Onondaga39420680
Dutchess29823447
Albany25001358
Oneida22802518
Niagara20228375
Broome18776367
Saratoga15691168
Ulster14096258
Schenectady13347206
Rensselaer11405145
Putnam1072593
Chautauqua9004146
Chemung7838137
Oswego769493
Ontario749993
Steuben7008147
Sullivan675876
St. Lawrence673897
Cayuga641792
Jefferson625368
Wayne584573
Cattaraugus577793
Genesee5456124
Herkimer5251110
Clinton487533
Madison460589
Livingston455560
Fulton446093
Tompkins442852
Montgomery4290128
Columbia4125104
Cortland396564
Tioga386963
Warren375762
Wyoming362053
Allegany357887
Chenango354677
Otsego349047
Greene346779
Washington319955
Orleans314383
Lewis283536
Franklin257512
Delaware242539
Seneca203057
Schoharie173019
Essex162926
Yates118226
Schuyler108914
Hamilton3182
Unassigned8712
Out of NY0252
Utica
Partly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 56°
Oneonta
Mostly Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 51°
Herkimer
Partly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 56°
Old Forge
Partly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 56°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather

Alivana Wellness Infusion Giveaway
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
18 Facets of Summer Photo Contest brought to you by Herkimer Diamond Mines
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve