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MVHS acquires another property in downtown Utica hospital footprint

The new information came from state Supreme Court Thursday.

Posted: Jun 13, 2019 12:54 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 6:22 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Of the 35 properties in the footprint of the new downtown hospital – four refuse to sell. That figure comes, as one more property is moved to the yes column, and one business in the footprint closes for good.

The new information came from state Supreme Court Thursday.

Metzler Printing, located on Lafayette Street, in the new downtown hospital footprint has confirmed they are closed.

Metzler has been in that location since 1927 and in business for 166 years. And they told NewsChannel 2’s Jason Powles they are closing for good.

The city of Utica was taking the owners of the Seakan building to court to demolish the building over long-standing codes issues.

However, just before a trial was scheduled to start, they announced a deal was made.

The city's attorney stood up and declared an agreement was reached between the Seakan family and Mohawk Valley Health System.

The old television and appliance store is on the corner of Columbia and Cornelia streets.

Utica would have been tasked with the eminent domain proceedings if it came to that. But instead, the plan is to close on the sale two weeks from Friday.

"They have been in negotiations with the Mohawk Valley Health System to sell the property to them and they came around and agreed to sell their property to Mohawk Valley Health System so now Mohawk Valley Health Systems, with the fully-executed contract, is the equitable owner. They have a closing date that is now set for June 28 of this year, when Mohawk Valley will actually take title to that for the hospital footprint,” said Attorney David Longeretta.

The next step, after closing, is abatement of hazardous materials – if there are any – and then demolition.

Here's the new tally:

  • 13 properties have sold
  • 15 have agreements in place
  • 3 are still negotiating
  • 4 refuse to sell

Who are the holdouts?

  • Property owned by Brett Truitt of the "No Hospital Downtown" group
  • Enterprise
  • Citation Services
  • One that has not been named.

The city of Utica was charged with eminent domain proceedings for where the hospital and parking lots will be – all properties either closed or have signed agreements.

Oneida County is in charge of proceedings where the parking garage will be built.

MVHS will break ground later this year with the goal to be open February of 2023.

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