Mohawk Valley Health System on Tuesday announced three steps to help property owners in the downtown hospital zone relocate.
MVHS' board has approved up to $1 million to assist property owners in relocation within Oneida County, with a federally-mandated $40,000 limit on what each individual property may get.
"I would estimate almost, I would say $150,000 my cost," said Citation Services owner, Joe Cerini. MVHS on Tuesday also announced that current owners won't be held responsible for remediating environmental issues that they didn't cause, adding that they've set aside a substantial amount of money to deal with that.
"We have budgeted a significant amount of money," said Chief Financial Officer Robert Scholefield. "It is in the millions."
The Community Foundation, which hosted the press conference, is funding a full-time project coordinator to help property owners identify options and funding for relocation.
To date, two of the 23 occupied businesses in the downtown hospital footprint have signed purchase offers from MVHS. MVHS officials say several others have indicated a willingness to sign, after some details are cleared up. MVHS officials say they've not removed the Compassion Coalition from the footprint, are are not currently considering doing so.