Healthcare, downtowns, economic development, developers vs. downtowners, Jobs and our economy... we have to wonder, "Has anyone considered all the facts and costs?" We believe the answer is "No!", and that many regular people have been shutout of a massive project to whom only a few with power, access to power, and others who seek power have made.
To understand our opposition decision, one would need to take a very hard look at the Healthcare Industry, this is about healthcare first, isn't it?
It is very complicated and a matter of great political influence. For example consider this 2014 legal brief titled, Governor Cuomo’s Budget Includes Legislative Amendments to Urgent Care and NYS's Burger Commission.
Change, Consolidation, and Competition in Health Care Markets (PDF), by Martin Gaynor and Deborah Haas-Wilson
We question the opposition who suggests, You & Your Family Will Not Have To Travel For Healthcare, as our small city and upstate region just does not have the population.
How does one determine the Need for a new hospital? To understand the downtown concept being offered, we are looking at other New Hospitals for comparisons. One aspect we have heard almost nothing about, are the Risks of taking-on a new hospital's construction. And most important, we have examined the Hospital Benchmarks our opposition holds out as their models for creating one in Downtown Utica.
Faxton St. Luke's was part of a "PIONEER EMPLOYER HOSPITALS" effort called Getting Ahead by Growing Your Own. Seems it is "the people", and much less "the age of the buildings".
The downtown concept started in secret, beginning with talks about Hospital Affiliation.
Economies: Where have they been, are they at, and going? Talking about the Regional, Oneida County & City of Utica Economies.
2011 Upstate New York in Profile (PDF): Trends, Projections, and Community & Economic Development Issues, by Cornell University
Politicians, our city and state officials, as well as Mohawk Valley EDGE (MVREDC, ....) try to tell us which way the local economy is going and where it's at today. We say no thanks, lets look at Land & Property Values for an honest and accurate assessment.
New York & Upstate Cities: New York State Governor Cuomo has placed focus on downtowns, and Upstate cities have been winning awards of $1M and $10M and more. For example, Rome, New York is working on their Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). They'll tear down a parking garage, while Utica seeks to construct one! ... add other pages for each upstate city's DRI plans, compare and contrast, and then index to a "Master DRI" page.
Hospital Economic Impact: Reasons to place the hospital into downtown were listed as; it's central location, and that
Not to be forgotten, when talking about economics of the new hospital concept, we must look at Debt as debt seems to make the world turn. And what's the largest debt that people assume? Yes, Housing, and tied to this are Utica's precarious Demographics. Finally, the taxpayer-backed bank who'd float this hospital scheme, the Dormitory Authority Of New York State. Diminishing Utica's Tax Base makes zero sense!
Where should a hospital be located? How about in the correct Population Center?
The hospital concept is at odds with Utica's downtown "Gateway Historic Canal District".
Little town or big city, Sense Of Place, is incredibly important. Have we not destroyed enough? Just look at the Developments In The Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood, and realize that Downtowners Want A Downtown, Not A Huge Hospital District. We even wrote it in our City of Utica plans, but they even gave us the Master Plan Review Debacle.
Read about and see the Changing Downtown Utica Hospital Map. We've made another update showing an additional Utica Observer-Dispatch map, but still not a full disclosure: Changing Downtown Utica Hospital Map, Rev3.
We have continued our investigation and vision for CoLaFa and Downtown Utica at BetterUticaDowntown
Consider multiple references as we suggest, their Hospital Concepts "Flips-The-Script" on downtown development.
We believe that Preservation should be a key cornerstone to Columbia Lafayette Street's redevelopment. More than one person has suggested a "marketplace, and another has suggested one like the ByWard Market of Ottawa, Canada.
A major step in New York State construction projects is the required SEQRA process that developers and Downtown Developers must undergo. The Mohawk Valley Region sought a major state investment, $500M worth of projects, called our MV500 bid. Implicated in development stories are both State and Federal programs; HUBZone, Environmental Justice Area, & Opportunity Zones.
What to think about before, during and after one says, we're Building A New Utica Hospital.
Learn about Albany's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) programs and stories of how Upstate cities compete for $10M awards.
Ask certain people in healthcare or real estate, and they'll say we already have Oneida County's Medical District (OCMD) very well established. Removing the hospital, makes little sense, and might even damage of healthcare ecosystem. Certainly as a Landlocked City, Utica would injure its taxbase.
We've read the downtown hospital justified called a Anchor Institution concept, but strangely at the same time, politicians also seem to be seeking to bulldoze other anchor institutions, our Utica Police Department and the Utica City Courts campuses.
This would not be a hospital for better healthcare, nope, just destructive downtown Urban Renewal all over again!
Healthcare Realestate Is Hot, but a terrible reason to bulldoze our downtown!
This presentation looks at the developments in and around Utica, titled The Mohawk Valley Looking Forward, which also reveals what appears to be very early concepts for a Downtown Utica Hospital.
This plan for a Downtown Utica Micro Grid (PDF) mentions the downtown hospital concept (7) times, and on page 65 states: "The project will also demonstrate the island type development strategy
A few programs and initiatives we are watching are; Brownfields, PILOT's, Leasebacks, and the new Mohawk Valley Land Bank. All old or new initiatives that are underway and being touted as great new programs...
The Utica Business Park is a key asset for Oneida County healthcare, for today and tomorrow!
They say downtown has great accessibility, so we're examining the topic of Access. Meanwhile, we're very alarmed our leaders are not concerned with the increased Risk of the Mainline CSX Railroad Tracks, which lie just 1,500 feet from the proposed hospital site!
Both St. Elizabeth Medical Center and St. Luke's both currently have helicopter landing site. We note the downtown concept's Helipad story has varied; are helicopters a good fit with downtown, and is the concept feasible?
We've also examined issues regarding the Safety of a downtown vs. more suburban hospital, as many people bring up the topic.
So many other questions, themes and questionable assumptions have been made... much has revolved around cars and the hospital as Parking & The Parking Garage issues have loomed large. Some ask, "We Paid For Construction, We Park Free, Right?" "Certainly Not", is the correct answer!
We thought many times, they should Stop Digging.
What level of Trauma Care would be offered?
The downtown hospital would need a Central Utility Plant (CUP).
Is the proposed downtown hospital concept a Pediatrics solution?
Area of proposed hospital would be for the Masonic Research Lab.
We're emphasizing preservation again, as we offer a Boilermaker15K History Lesson, good luck all 2018 competitors!
The ridiculous Wetlands excuse.
Why place the new hospital in Utica's most prone place to succumb to Flooding.
The downtown concept is surrounded by Hospital Politics, with possible connections to National Politics. We believe it signals that Corruption Has Landed In Utica. Wouldn't be the first time as shown by, The Utica Mob Files.
Add "my" page, Truett Supports Poccia to "/lou.php".
Politicians called #NoHospitalDowntown founders and members naysayers, when in reality its been New York's bad response to global changes hurting Upstate. Now we have a whole host of bad dynamics, including Cuomo Ignoring Utica, But Why? Was "Utica-Marcy Nano" the start and now Brindisi and his hospital what's prolonging it?
Many have told us, Follow The Money, that's how you'll start understanding their senseless Downtown Utica hospital concept.
Residents acted! Soon after politicians start their New Hospital Astroturfing effort.
Looking at what we feel are Legal issues in the new hospital debate. Most alarming, is this the "smoking gun"... learn more as we ask again for state help; Letter To Office of NYS AG Barbara Underwood
Our group has spoken with Utica's Community Groups. We wonder if the good people Seeking A Better Downtown are any match for those within the Board Matrix. Watching the aforementioned astroturfing escalate to new levels, with the Utica Chamber Makes Resolution, we know we're in for a real battle!
Just a few of the Reporters We Know. Who'll be the one to break this story to a state-wide/national audience? Answer is, probably a court reporter somewhere off in our future...
(Link to the /reporters.php and tie each major outlets page to it, add if we don’t have one, place links to their website, and social media pages. Add our favorite POC/Their Twitter Acct at head of each topic...?)
Downtowns, hospitals, healthcare, economic development, eminent domain, and related materials that may prove helpful in our #BattleForOurCity
Seeking what's right, we can learn from this: Grassroots organizing toolkit for Local Civil Rights Restoration campaigns
Stopping the bulldozers will be very like winning a political campaign. This gentleman, Jay Townsend, offers ideas on winning a political battle.
Our group is not opposed to investing in the region's healthcare and not against a new hospital, just the Downtown Utica location selected by politicians! We're 4,000+ Strong At #NoHospitalDowntown and say: Just Build IT At St. Luke's!