UTICA – Utica’s Harbor Point Project is set to receive $6 million in state funding to help make improvements to the site, and officials say the funding will help develop the area to make it into a waterfront destination.
Leaders in the city of Utica met with members of Empire State Development on Wednesday to outline the project. The $6 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant will be used to make repairs to the deteriorating bulkheads, which are the concrete walls surrounding the canal.
Officials say the walls are at least 100 years old. The new walls will help prevent future flooding and eventually allow for boat use.
The goal is the make the area a mixed-use site with residential apartments, retail spaces and room for entertainment.
“Now we can develop the site we’re standing on now, we can fix the walls – and I think if you’ve seen them, they’re in imminent failure – and develop the whole site so we’ll be transferring the land, this property, to the LDC once we get those wall fixed and the project will be off and running,” said Vincent Gilroy Jr. of the Utica Harbor Point Development Corp.
Construction on the bulkheads is expected to start this November and it’s expected to be complete in the spring of 2019.