UTICA, N.Y. - Developers with the Mohawk Valley Health Systems downtown hospital project presented their site plans to The Utica Zoning Board of Appeals.
MVHS is seeking a number of variances and the design aspects of the project require zoning approval.
MVHS is requesting a height variance. The applicable zoning regulation allows for a maximum building height of 70 feet. MVHS is seeking a variance to build a building 10 stories tall, approximately 162.5 feet. MVHS is also seeking front yard setback variances.
The hospital is also looking for an exception with building coverage. The zoning regulations permit a minimum building coverage of 40 percent, MHVS is seeking a variance for 35 percent.
The next step is before the zoning board can vote on whether to approve these variances, is for Oneida County Officials to give their input. The county's input is required by the state because the project falls within 500 feet of a highway.
The deadline for the county's input is September 1.
A public comment session was also held on Tuesday.