Public to discuss downtown hospital at meeting in Utica this evening

This evening members of the public will have the chance to speak with representatives from the Mohawk Valley Health System about the new downtown hospital project.

Posted: Jun. 7, 2018 5:21 PM
Updated: Jun. 7, 2018 5:23 PM

UTICA – This evening members of the public will have the chance to speak with representatives from the Mohawk Valley Health System about the new downtown hospital project.

A meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Utica State Office Building. This is the first time the public will be able to discuss their concerns on the potential environmental impact of the new $480 million downtown hospital.

MVHS will create a scoping document, which will serve as an outline for topics and issues that need to be addressed. The final scoping document will be prepared and presented by Utica’s Planning Board.

Officials say this document will be used as a road map to guide environmental impact statement. According to Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri’s office, the goal of the meeting is to ensure public participation in the development practice, allow for critical examination of the issues, and to include relevant public issues in the final written document.

As of 5 p.m., the majority of people rallying outside the Utica State Office Building appeared to be union workers who support the hospital project because of the construction jobs that it will provide.

Members of the #NoHospitalDowntown group are also planning to attend the meeting.

NEWSChannel 2 reporter Joleen Ferris will have the full story tonight. Check back to WKTV.com for more information.

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