What happens to old hospitals? That's a great question and one on the minds of residents since November 2014. In 2016 MVHS told residents they'd see a plan in 2017, but they didn't! But regardless, how does one know a new hospital building (and site) are required without FIRST doing a study? To this very point, this 2017 article titled, Adaptive reuse in the healthcare industry: repurposing abandoned buildings to serve medical missions reveals:
We know the Hammes Company did a study of sites earlier than 2015, becuase they submitted one dated January 2015. See the three new hospital concepts based on the Hammes' data; St. Luke's Campus Concept, the Old State Hospital Concept, and finally the Downtown Concept. Learn more in the "Site Study", a.k.a. the, Hospital Site Selection Process Summary Memorandum.
March 10, 2023 - More hospital studies! Just eight years, four month since residents first heard words "new hospital": Mohawk Valley Health CEO: New Hospital 'Worth Exploring'...
Redeveloping St. Elizabeth Campus: What's planned for closing Utica hospital https://t.co/c7x8hedoL7— Observer-Dispatch (@uticaOD) March 10, 2023
January 20, 2020 - MVHS offered residents only crums in their Hospital Reuse Presentation. Each hospital's potential is summed up in a few sentances, this after hiring a firm in February of 2019.
February 2020 - We are looking Sarnia General Hospital in Sarnia, ON Canada. After closing in 2011 this hospital sat vacant. Troubles persued and eventually demolition began in 2017 at a cost between $7M and $8M. Parcels are now being sold by a developer.
January 24, 2020 -
Answers should have been in a hospital study dated much before 2015, like in a study that concluded a NEW hospital was required! In 2016 study was promised in 2017, now just a summary? Too vague! @MVHealthSystem may we see complete Utica hospital reuse study? If not, why? pic.twitter.com/7ZtlAWSWeK— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) January 24, 2020
Mohawk Valley Health System Releases Utica City Hospital Reuse Findings - https://t.co/v8qi2bkCPF pic.twitter.com/FlSHoAOemB— TALK! 100.7 FM (@_talkfm) January 22, 2020
January 23, 2020 - New hospital vendor, MVHS selects CHA for study on repurposing existing facilities
January 21, 2020 - WKTV has segment titled, Future of Utica's ["old"] hospitals.
December 24, 2019 - Buffalo Rising offers "Construction Watch," a look at 197 West Utica Street... "Developer Skyline Centro is wrapping up construction on five townhouses at 197 West Utica Street. The development is across the street from the Elmwood Crossing project, Ellicott Development and Sinatra & Company’s reuse of the former Women & Children’s Hospital campus."
March 21, 2019 - From the MVHS FEIS, page 20 of 1007...
Adaptive Reuse of Existing Buildings In regard to the St. Luke’s and SEMC campuses, MVHS understands that it is in their best interest to maintain buildings under their ownership. Moreover, certain uses will remain on both campuses as detailed above. Accordingly, it is MVHS’s intention to facilitate the adaptive reuse of vacated facilities. The DEIS (Section 8.2) identified the process by which MVHS, in conjunction with the Community Foundation, has solicited expertise to support the redevelopment of each campus. Since the publication of the DEIS, MVHS has retained the services of CHA to provide the required support. CHA has proposed the following services:
Define adaptive reuses
Assess market feasibility of such uses
Complete feasibility analysis
Complete zoning analysis and schematic plan preparation
Perform Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)
Provide Preliminary conditions assessment
Develop conceptual cost estimating
MVHS will also work with the Community Foundation and CHA to establish process in which MVHS will work with the neighborhood to re-develop the MVHS-owned campuses. MVHS believes that full scale demolition of the existing campuses is financially unfeasible, and that given the different building ages and types, adaptive reuse would be a better alternative.
These steps will minimize the impacts from vacating the St. Luke’s and SEMC facilities until an appropriate reuse is identified. Once a redevelopment alternative is selected, it will likely be subject to its own environmental process which will be no less protective of the environment.
July 11, 2017 - This study titled, Adaptive reuse in the healthcare industry: repurposing abandoned buildings to serve medical missions, looks very relavent to Utica. Where one reads...
January 10, 2017 - Faxton not expected to close...
Reuse study for Faxton, St. Luke's, St. E's estimated to be completed in 2017. At this point, plan is to keep Faxton for cancer resources. pic.twitter.com/uhSFIJh7Em— Scary Carrie ðŸŽ (@cbostick_) January 10, 2017
November 5, 2015 -
President: Utica College won't take over St. Luke's Campus. Long process to reuse 2 Utica hospitals.@MVHealthSystem https://t.co/eH5fZkpnqz— Amy Roth (@OD_Roth) November 5, 2015
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