Not the first place ever branded a "U District", however the first with no parking plan? Also, no timetable, no firm budget, nor a funding plan. Its about as transparent as MVHS's downtown hospital boondoggle, yet Oneida County Executive Picente is excited!
January 4, 2019 - Today on WUTQFM County Executive Tony Picente gives updates on U District, Nexus, and Downtown Utica Hospital Concept- listen to the Radio Interview where you'll 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. Also, the U District parcels and budget (including proposed casino) "are floating out there, somewhere in space."
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.
This revamp will be a huge boost to Utica's walkability from Bagg Square to the Columbia-Lafayette neighborhood. I can't wait to see the 1.4 million annual visitors to the U-District taking advantage of it.https://t.co/RTosyirBfC— Jubal Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) April 11, 2018
March 12, 2018 - Utica Comets owner Rob Esche describes support for #MVHSDowntown And U-District In A @WIBXnews Interview.
Oneida County officials want to create an arts, sports and entertainment district in Utica, called the "U District." https://t.co/rSLzACRu42— WRVO News (@WRVOnews) May 19, 2017
Projected Annual Visitors are listed; Nexus - 350,000, Beer Museum/Innovation Center - 500,000, and Utica Commons Casino - 750,000.
These figures total 1.6 million visitors, so where's the parking plan? If these visitors show-up in cars each carrying two people, spread over 365 days, that's a requirement of 2,191 parking spaces. What about the Hospital Concept?
We have a copy of the presentation here, The U District (PDF).
You can help, please join us on Facebook #NoHospitalDowntown. Also consider adding your voice to Hundreds of People Saying, "No Hospital Downtown". Get to know BUD, that's the future of the Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood!