UTICA, N.Y. -- The City of Utica Zoning Board unanimously approved the final zoning variances needed for MVHS to build the new downtown hospital.
The main variance that was needed to build the 10-story hospital was a height variance. Hopsital officials say the structure will be about 152 feet high. The previous maxium height was 92.5 feet.
"The next steps are we have to continue to work with the State Health Department to finalize our pahse 2 grant" said MHVS Executive Vice President Bob Scholefield. "We should hear that approval any day now. We are also hoping to get our early start of construction approval from the State Health Department any day now."
Scholefield says once those two occur they will start the process of removing buildings. 18 of the 20 properties needed in the hospital footprint have been acquired. Scholefield says MVHS is in negotiatons with the remaining two and hopes to acquire them soon.