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MVHS explores options for future use of hospital buildings

The buildings that currently house St. Luke’s Hospital campus may turn into restaurants or retail space after the downtown hospital construction is completed, according to a new report.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 1:05 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 4:27 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The buildings that currently house St. Luke’s Hospital campus may turn into restaurants or retail space after the downtown hospital construction is completed, according to a new report.

Mohawk Valley Health System hired consultants to recommend redevelopment opportunities for repurposing the Faxton, St. Luke’s and St. Elizabeth’s campuses once the new hospital is in use.

The studies found that the St. Luke’s campus on Champlin Avenue in New Hartford would lend itself to many potential uses, including housing for colleges or space for new stores. The consultants also said the St. Elizabeth’s campus could be a mixed-use facility for retail or office space.

Bob Scholefield, executive vice president at MVHS, says there’s already been interest in the properties.

“We've had a number of people that have contacted us over the course of the past few years and say, 'Hey, what are you going to do with the old buildings?' We had a couple of people actually come in and look at them," he said.

With the split zoning and size of the existing Faxton campus, it was recommended that MVHS maintain that property since redevelopment options would be limited. The cancer center, urgent care and outpatient dialysis will remain at Faxton, but it will not be considered a hospital without any inpatient availability.

A summary of the findings can be found at: mvhealthsystem.org/mvhsrepurposing.

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