Mohawk Valley Health System's plans for a downtown Utica hospital now have another detractor.
The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica is taking a stand against the downtown location for the new hospital. The vice president of the organization says the updated design for the facility will destroytoo many of the historic buildings in the Columbia/Lafayette streets neighborhood.
He believes many of the buildings will qualify for protected status from the state.
“They’re going to discover, I'm sure, that there are buildings eligible to be on the National Register. That's going to slow them right down,” said Michael Bosak, vice president of the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica. “The state Historic Preservation could really put the brakes on this whole project and there's talk if enough of the owners do not feel that they're going to get what they should be getting for these buildings I'm sure there might be some lawsuits coming.”
Bosak says he and the society are in favor of a new hospital built on the St. Luke’s Campus.
MVHS will hold a meeting this evening for the South Utica community to discuss the new hospital project, provide updates and give a site plan overview. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and it will be held at 11 Barton Ave., Utica.