UTICA, N.Y. -- MVHS has closed on 20 properties that will be demolished to make room for a new downtown Utica hospital.
That's seven more properties in the last month – 20 down, 15 to go.
However, four of them still flat out refuse to sell, all of which fall in the footprint of the hospital parking garage, meaning Oneida County will handle the eminent domain proceedings.
MVHS plans to break ground on the hospital part of the project later this year.
The hospital, meanwhile, wants to hear from you about what to do with the soon to be vacant hospitals.
MVHS and the community foundation have launched an online survey, which is your chance to give feedback on what you think should happen with St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Faxton and St. Luke's.
A consulting firm has determined that it's best to keep Faxton as is, due to the cost of moving certain cancer equipment, but it's still included in the study.
“We want to be a good citizen in this community. it's really important that these older properties, when we leave them, have a useful purpose in the community for the long haul. that is why we are putting the time and effort in now to find good potential uses for these buildings,” said Darlene Stromstad, the president and CEO.
Click here, to take the survey.