UTICA, N.Y. - Renovation work is set to begin soon on the former Globe Mills Building in West Utica.
The building sits on Court Street and wraps around Seneca Street, right where the Boilermaker finish line is.
The complex will soon be redeveloped into more than 130 loft style apartments and other commercial spaces.
The building dates back to the 1800's. The building provided all kinds of textiles, clothing, sheets, bedding, and more to places all over the world. Oneida County Historian, Brian Howard, says that may be where the word "globe" came from.
With the construction, the popular parking lot next to the building, usually used for Saranac Thursdays and the Boilermaker, will be closed off.
Local business owners, like Tom Karrat, who owns Lukin's on Varick Street says closing off the parking lot might be an inconvenience, but he thinks this new development will be great for businesses in the area. Locals also agree this will be a great addition to Utica.
The building is owner by KCG companies out of Indianapolis, and the vice president of development for KCG companies, Matthew Gilhooly, says they are targeting a late 2020 completion.
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