Oneida County executive talks U District plans

Oneida County officials say the county is moving forward with plans for the U District, but it does remain a proposal at this time.

Posted: Feb 1, 2018 5:22 PM

UTICA - Oneida County officials say the county is moving forward with plans for the U District, but it does remain a proposal at this time. As of now, there’s no timeline for when the plans would become reality.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says he would like to see a shovel in the ground this year for what has been called the Nexus Center, a multi-rink venue that can turn from ice to fields. The demolition of the Tartan building next to the Adirondack Bank Center is the first step.

County officials estimate that the U District could generate $35 million each year.

“We would like to get started on some of this this year and that's why the economic impact is so important, to show the state and to show other potential partners what can be achieved in terms of the overall economic impact," Picente said.

The U District would also include a casino operated by the Oneida Indian Nation, a craft beer museum and more.

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