Utica, NY -Utica's Local Planning Committee held a meeting downtown at the ThinCubator to discuss what they should do with the 10 million dollar grant for revilalization.
The city of Utica was selected to receive 10 million dollars in funding in November and since then has received a number project proposals.
From Veterans Health and Wellness centers to hotel and apartment renovations and parking lotsLocal Planning Committee co-chairs Mayor Robert Palmieri and Dr. Laura Casamento along with other members discussed over 19 million dollars worth of proposals inside and outside of the DRI boundary.
Mayor Palmieri says, "The progress today is going to be having the community come in and get their input on it and what they think and what they see and what they feel. Specifically, in our downtown, in the road diet, along Broad Street, and some of the venues that will be in there that will affect the downtown area but also the new vision of the citiy of Utica. The state ultimately makes the final decision, they will chisel it down to $10 million dollars."
After the meeting the Committee held an Open House for the public to attend. Attendees were given 10 million plastic dollars to spend their money on the proposals that they think should be selected by the state. Committee members said that its a great activity to see where the public interest falls in regards to the revitalization of Utica.
When asked what the public thinks the focal points of renovations should be in Utica, Palmieri says, "I think if you look at some of the proposals in front of them, some buildings have been idle that are being repurposed with lofts and apartments. The fact that you'll have the downtown, the curb appeal changing. Also it's attracting the young so all these venues you're looking for. You're planning yourself for success for the next decade."
The LPC will meet again March 2 and April 8 to determine final priority projects. The LPC will submit 15 million dollars worth of projects and submit it to the state in April. The state will then choose 10 million dollars worth of projects from the 15.
The next public meeting is set for March 25.