#NoHospitalDowntown is trying to prevent the urban destruction in our small, historic, downtown in Utica, NY. Our hospital system seeks to bulldoze 25 to 35 acres and displace long-term property owners. These supporters have suggested Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is the Hospital Model That Supports MVHS's Utica Concept. Our group is discussing it here #NoHospitalDowntown Discusses Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, know as "BNMC" to the locals.
September 3, 2018 - Once again we have to chime in. The website WalkScore offers a walking guide for urban neighborhoods. They've designated the 120-acre footprint (started in 2001 by Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc) as the neighborhood called "Medical Park".
This neighborhood, also called "BNMC", is a 1-1/2 mile walk from the center of Buffalo's Central Business District...
Dear @MayorPalmieri your @CityofUtica DRI wasn’t written very well, @BNMC is not in @CityofBuffalo’s downtown, not in their Central Business District. Utica isn’t Buffalo, the @MVHealthSystem #mvhsdowntown concept would make us worse... https://t.co/HntQvwixxx pic.twitter.com/VsGiDrVc0d— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) September 3, 2018
“Downtown” You’re providing excellent proof for a hospital being located as far from downtown as St. Luke’s or the psych center. West Utica could definitely benefit from a new medical campus. pic.twitter.com/j0GlaRogDR— Steve Keblish (@SNKjr) January 29, 2018
Study this Buffalo Visitor's Map, you will see the large Buffalo Niagara Campus (upper right, a yellow 15-block, rectangle) is on downtown's outer edge, removed from the center city. On the other hand, proponents in Utica want to bulldoze a large portion of Utica's Central Business District for their hospital concept.
The suggested benchmark hospital/medical district (as shown above), is NOT a downtown hospital. Also in 2016 the population of Buffalo was 256,902, and is the principal municipality of the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area, a region with 1,215,826 residents. [Ref.]
We will investigate the history of this Buffalo hospital district, determine what was there before all the Suggested Neighborhood Build-up and what the surrounding residents think. Until then, consider this comment, "
What are real estate values in this neighborhood? We checked: "
You can use this website Neighborhood Scout to investigate the "640 Vital Statistics and
The website goes onto say. "The neighbors in the Main St / Edward St neighborhood in Buffalo are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 75.9% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 56.1% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 93.9% of U.S. neighborhoods."
This website offers information on Buffalo Neighborhoods. To the west of the large hospital/medical district is the neighborhood of the Allentown Historic District, who design was influenced by Frederick Law Olmsted. As a reference see Allentown.org
Additionally, a warning to Downtown Utica from a 2015 Allentown Association newsletter, "If there is a conclusion to reach, it’s this: Build a great place and people will find a way to get there; build a parking lot and a highway, and it will never be a great place."
Get to know the BNMC with a Walking Tour
Return to the MVHS Hospital Benchmarking page. #NoHospitalDowntown is not anti-new hospital, we simply do not want a hospital in Downtown Utica. Here's Why We Oppose The Downtown Utica Hospital Concept and Many Agree!