Nexus is a planned expansion for the Utica AUD, and is touted as part of Utica's upcoming U District. We've heard that some folks hoped to reshape Downtown Utica into a Cleveland, OH model, with more sports, entertainment, and healthcare.
June 12, 2019 - A path to help fund the Nexus Center...
"Picente plans to negotiate to have a portion of the increase set aside for the Nexus Center, which is part of his proposed U-District. He believes the Nexus Center, along with other attractions in the county, would bring in more visitors which would then provide the county more money through the tax."
Oneida County looking to increase 'Bed Tax' https://t.co/VI0PECJEcP— Observer-Dispatch (@uticaOD) June 12, 2019
"According to Oneida County Tourism, the county's hotel occupancy tax (also known as the bed tax) brought in $809,000 in 2018 and $759,000 in 2017. The projected increase would boost revenue to an estimated $1.96 million per year overall, according to Oneida County Tourism."
Oneida County moves to raise the occupancy “bed” tax from 2% to 5%. Count Executive @AJPicenteJr wants a chunk of the change to go to the #NexusCenter project for downtown Utica. More at 6 & 11 on #WUTR and and 10 on #WFXV pic.twitter.com/rKzXGZV4KQ— Ben Dennis (@broadcastben_) June 12, 2019
Local Article— MV Builders Exchange (@mvbldrsexchange) June 11, 2019
This Observer Dispatch article discusses the plans for Downtown Utica's proposed Nexus Center. The RFQ is available in our Online Planroom- visit https://t.co/ckoBpLNSpu to learn more!https://t.co/h95ikJouIi
June 8, 2019 - Story breaks titled, Downtown Nexus Center takes next step toward reality.
"The Nexus Center is moving closer to becoming reality. Officials recently put out a Requests for Quotations (RFQs) for the project. This will begin the bidding process for construction, which is estimated at approximately $40 million. We know it's going to be built, what it's going to be used for, said Carl Annese, chairman of the Aud Authority. We just have to design it first.
April 1, 2019 - New York has a state budget. Newspaper says, A look at key items in NY's $175.5 billion state budget, but we do not yet know if Nexus Center funding is truly in there. Meanwhile, last month the city budget was progress: City Officials Working Toward Approving Utica's $718M Budget.
January 22, 2019 - County Executive Tony Picente discusses $22M Nexus Funding & Cuomo Budget on radioshow "Talk of The Town, WUTQ"...
January 17, 2019 - More on the 170,000 square foot Nexus Center...
The Nexus Center sports complex project gets $22million in NYS funding. What does that mean for the 'U District'--> downtown Utica revitalization plan? https://t.co/pNb5aof4PS— Ben Dennis (@bendennistv) January 17, 2019
State budget proposal includes $22 million for Nexus Center in Utica https://t.co/XicyWSnWXn— Samantha Madison (@OD_Madison) January 16, 2019
Cuomo's Nexus Press Release states, "The Nexus Center will be a 169,440-square-foot facility". And Elsewhere we hear, "...is projected to host 24 hockey and 24 lacrosse tournaments each year and will see a projected 322,560 annual visitors."
January 15, 2019 - First as told by by Jubal Harshaw, "The value of property in the footprint of Utica's proposed downtown hospital just went through the roof." What of traffic counts, as the Nexus Center funding is now imminent...
Utica newspaper reports, State Budget Proposal Includes $22M For Nexus Center.
WKTV2 reports, UTICA'S NEXUS CENTER SLATED TO BANK $22M FROM STATE BUDGET, which stated, "The goal is break ground on the site by the end of this year or early next year. The center should be complete by 2020."
Also see, Cuomo Budget To Fund Utica Nexus Project, which states: "$22 Million Set For The Downtown Sports/Entertainment Complex".
In the Radio Interview we hear; the Nexus property was secured, the former owner did demolition of old Tartan Textile buildings. Now the AUD Authority owns property, and in coming weeks the County Executive says the funding formula between, AUD Authority, Nexus Operators, County and the State could be worked out.
Nexus, U District, and the hospital concepts... their cumulative impacts have never been studied! Nothing new for those backing the hospital that's never offered a complete plan and budget.
January 2, 2018 - The Newspaper says, "full speed ahead" for Nexus in 2019...
What impact would this have on hospital and their SEQRA process?
December 26, 2018 - Does this interview build confidence that #MVHSDowntown was well thought-out? Have a listen, as Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Talks; #MVHSDowntown Hospital & Parking, Nexus Center, AUD, And His Proposed U-District.
December 6, 2018 - News story on Nexus funding titles Picente hopes Utica sports complex project will gain funding in 2019, and implications on hospital concept...
Weird. The DEIS for Utica's downtown hospital project specifically refused to address cumulative environmental impacts for the Nexus Center because it was "speculative".— Jubal Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) December 6, 2018
Apparently no one told @AJPicenteJr about that. Heh.https://t.co/EmZukRUgso
ICYMI: Utica considers closing Charles Street for Nexus Center: https://t.co/kOWwtLWkyC— Greg Mason (@OD_Mason) April 26, 2018
March 1, 2018 - Old Tartan Textile buildings are down...
This lot might look empty, but itâ€™s full of potential! ðŸ¤” pic.twitter.com/y3Zo62bp5M— ADK Bank Center (@ADKBankCenter) March 1, 2018
January 16, 2018 - AUD, Nexus, and Beer Museum...
The Tartan Textile property is a key component of the U District in Utica, NY, which will add The Nexus Center, a multi-use facility, and the American Craft Beer Museum and Innovation Center next to the expanded Adirondack Bank Center , https://t.co/IHkHRb5qVO. @UticaComets— RinkAtlas (@RinkAtlas) January 16, 2018
December 28, 2017 - What! Chemical contamination has miraculously vanished?
Three years ago the City of Utica targeted the proposed Nexus Sports Center site as a remediation priority. Now? Any chemical contamination has miraculously vanished.— Jubal Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) December 28, 2017
Here's the city's original evaluation. https://t.co/gUXRzqgX5z
December 21, 2017 - AUD Authority purchases Tartan Textile property for future Nexus Center...
Aud Authority secures Tartan Textile site in Utica for Nexus Center: https://t.co/VvpdeUNCU5— Greg Mason (@OD_Mason) December 21, 2017
August 9, 2017 - How many themes can you pack into one project?
Are they dropping "Arts"? Learn more at Utica Comets' page titled, Casamento Sees Nexus Center As Roadmap For Education-Sports-Entertainment Partnership.
July 18, 2017 - Story in today's newspaper, County struggling with site control for Nexus Center
May 27, 2017 - Read more about the Nexus Sports Center Highlighting The Nexus Center on the Utica Comets' website...
"Unveiled on May 16 by Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., The U District encompasses the area beginning at The AUD and stretching East to Baggâ€™s Square and contains concepts for an American Craft Beer Museum and Innovation Center, Utica Commons Casino, Nexus Center and more. The vision creates a walkable epicenter for Arts, Sports and Entertainment and truly has options for everyone. One of the highlights of The U District is the Nexus Center. Developed four years ago by Esche, the Nexus Center is a sports and recreation hub geared towards tournament-based recreation play. Nexus, meaning a series of connections, is what The U District can truly be â€“ a connection of different businesses and entities that all share the common undercurrent of bringing people together."
On May 24th, Story also on AUD's website, Highlighting The Nexus Center
May 17, 2017 - The Utica newspaper covers Nexus story in, Picente details Utica sports, entertainment district...
It reads in part, "There are two conceptual plans for what Picente is calling The U District, which would be anchored by an expanded Aud, the American Craft Beer Museum and Innovation Center and the Utica Commons Casino. On both plans, the arts, sports and entertainment district starts at the Aud and goes east on Whitesboro and Oriskany streets toward Genesee Street."
We found this on the Oneida County website, Oneida County American Craft Beer Museum (PDF) calling for an $80M investment. A bit odd, as it seems we have the "real deal" just a mile away at the Saranac Brewery.
May 16, 2017 - Utica Nexus Sports Center is released...
First look at the Utica Nexus Sports Center pic.twitter.com/QUzC0w8YUA— Comets Army (@CometsArmy) May 16, 2017
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