Downtown Utica Development Stories


Below you will find ten years of headlines regarding Downtown Utica. Just as Utica catches a trend, the nationwide and global return to urban living, our "leaders" suggest we bulldoze 1/3 of downtown? It just makes no sense! Perhaps local board members are trying to protect their village, town and suburban real estate interests? Join us as we say, over on Facebook, #NoHospitalDowntown

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2017

April 16, 2017 - Downtown Utica balances memories of yesteryear with resurgence of today

April 15, 2017 - Councilman: Utica hotel tax a ‘dead issue’

April 11, 2017 - Group hopes to revitalize parts of downtown Utica

April 11, 2017 - Aud to get $2 million in state budget

April 11, 2017 - Looking for a lift? Ride-sharing coming to upstate

April 7, 2017 - OUR VIEW: Proposed county position not in keeping with consolidation

April 2, 2017 - Big plans near Utica Aud, but what about Insight House?

March 27, 2017 - Cookie shop to open in former Utica Catholic Book Store

March 22, 2017 - Picente details casino proposal

March 11, 2017 - Attracting millennials: Economics and entertainment

March 10, 2017 - Utica entertainment district faces number of hurdles

March 4, 2017 - ALDI, ConMed, Rescue Mission projects progress

March 3, 2017 - Picente wants to bring gaming, craft beer museum to downtown Utica

March 3, 2017 - Oneida Nation gaming in Utica part of Oneida Co. Executive’s vision for tourism

March 3, 2017 - Tony's AUDelicious in Utica bought, could become gun range

February 26, 2017 - Building on a firm foundation Plans to brighten the City of Utica, architecturally and economically, was compared to the recent developments happening three hours west by city officials...

February 22, 2017 - GUEST VIEW: Don't stall economic engine (by Lawrence T. Gilroy III & Dustin Swanger)

February 20, 2017 - Utica councilman calls for infrastructure plan

February 16, 2017 - Utica council: Whitesboro Street development should start over

February 14, 2017 - Utica Coffee owner interested in Whitesboro Street property

February 9, 2017 - EDGE, council meet to discuss Utica projects

January 26, 2017 - Downtown Utica properties get funding for rehab

January 26, 2017 - OUR VIEW: Repurposing APAC building another giant step

January 17, 2017 - What's next for downtown Utica's APAC building?

January 17, 2017 - Utica history: Remembering the Boston Store

January 11, 2017 - OUR VIEW: Cuomo should man up and visit our region

January 6, 2017 - Downtown Utica business issues 200 layoff notices

January 4, 2017 - Downtown Utica's Jeffrey Hardware Building sold

2016

December 28, 2016 - OUR VIEW: Don't rescind Whitesboro St. property sale just yet

December 21, 2016 - Utica apartment project on hold; reasons vary

December 8, 2016 - Mohawk Valley ‘Top Performer’ netting $81.9 million in regional economic development dollars

December 5, 2016 - Utica School of Commerce closing after 120 years

December 1, 2016 - HUD: Relationship with Utica 'strong'

November 28, 2016 - Utica Catholic Bookstore ending retail operations

November 28, 2016 - Hotel Utica getting new name, upgrades

November 18, 2016 - Roundabout proposed for downtown Utica

November 6, 2016 - Business Buzz: A Beautiful Mess

November 3, 2016 - Downtown Utica's Rite Aid building officially sold

October 30, 2016 - Business Buzz: Craylee's restaurant in downtown Utica

October 24, 2016 - Monday Morning Conversation: Oneida Square Project creates art, combats blight

October 22, 2016 - Hotel Utica parking garage to be demolished

October 18, 2016 - ALDI coming to North Utica; Downtown properties to see work

October 10, 2016 - Hotel Utica remake to begin soon

September 28, 2016 - Bagg's Square East recommended for historic register

September 22, 2016 - Utica, Rome agencies receive grants to fight homelessness

September 22, 2016 - $1.8 million bound for Utica harbor

September 22, 2016 - Bagg's Square under consideration as a historic district

September 21, 2016 - Utica Bread wholesale business on the rise

August 30, 2016 - Work continues on downtown’s Bank of Utica building

August 22, 2016 - Are historic buildings in downtown hospital site worth saving?

August 19, 2016 - Exterior work almost finished at Oneida County Office Building

August 6, 2016 - Northland Communications moving out of downtown Utica

August 3, 2016 - NY lawmakers slam Cuomo (Startup-NY) economic development plans

July 31, 2016 - OUR VIEW: 5 downtown spots that need some TLC

July 28, 2016 - Urban Renewal Agency OKs sale of 2 downtown buildings

July 28, 2016 - What's in store for Oneida County?

July 28, 2016 - Urban Renewal Agency OKs sale of 2 downtown buildings

July 23, 2016 - Film series coming to downtown Utica

July 19, 2016 - Your Bargain Grocer ready to make move

July 18, 2016 - Oneida County's Vision 2020 plan moves into Phase II

July 18, 2016 - Children's Museum growing up

July 16, 2016 - Urban Renewal Agency concerned with Bagg’s Square property

June 19, 2016 - Outside developers express interest in Utica

June 13, 2016 - Utica parking plan stuck in neutral

June 8, 2016 - Developer looking to add apartments in downtown Utica

June 7, 2016 - Hotel Utica sale price: $1.35M

May 31, 2016 - New developers examine options for Doyle Hardware building

May 31, 2016 - OUR VIEW: Rally Friday to save the rails

May 12, 2016 - Utica agency tables decision on two downtown properties

May 3, 2016 - Hotel Utica sale, which was expected earlier, could come this month

May 1, 2016 - OUR VIEW: New mural an anchor in historic Bagg's Square

April 24, 2016 - Fort Schuyler: Not your grandfather's city club

April 10, 2016 - A bygone era: When downtown Utica pulsated with activity

April 3, 2016 - Downtown Utica not what it was, but is rebounding

March 25, 2016 - Utica apartments plan gains agency's approval

February 21, 2016 - Downtown Utica Rite Aid building back on the market

February 9, 2016 - New downtown culinary boutique sells artisan chocolates

February 8, 2016 - Downtown Utica foot traffic step in right direction

February 3, 2016 - Andy Patel, potential Hotel Utica owner, discusses his plans

January 26, 2016 - Clock to tower over downtown Utica

January 13, 2016 - Aud Authority offers $500,000 for Whitesboro St. property

January 6, 2016 - OUR VIEW: Council must OK resolution on Hotel Utica

2015

December 6, 2015 - Chocolate shop to open in downtown Utica

November 29, 2015 - Downtown development planned at 2 Utica locations

November 12, 2015 - Utica council rejects $13M development deal in lieu of potential $60M sports complex

November 9, 2015 - Utica Brewery District 'up and coming'

November 7, 2015 - Fabbio's restaurant relocates to downtown Utica

October 21, 2015 - Utica Aud getting better with age as renovations continue

October 5, 2015 - Economic development major task for Utica mayoral candidates

October 3, 2015 - Made in Utica a 'passion project' for Katie Reilly

October 1, 2015 - Ocean Blue makes waves as new downtown business

October 1, 2015 - Ocean Blue makes waves as new downtown business

September 29, 2015 - More businesses opening, expanding downtown

September 28, 2015 - Empty Utica buildings 'hold considerable potential'

September 25, 2015 - Ocean Blue bar open Friday and Saturday nights for sneak peek

September 18, 2015 - Children's Museum begins slow transformation

September 14, 2015 - Utica mayoral candidates answer residents' questions

September 14, 2015 - Utica mayoral candidates answer residents' questions

September 11, 2015 - Harbor Point unveiled: More details revealed about site's rejuvenation

September 8, 2015 - Marcy planners seek walkability in a rural context

August 27, 2015 - Hundreds of UC students to study in heart of city

August 21, 2015 - Galaxy Media joins Landmarc Building in downtown Utica

August 5, 2015 - Bite Bakery and Caf to open in fall in downtown Utica

July 31, 2015 - OUR VIEW: Downtown Utica pay station plan should be scrapped

July 26, 2015 - Utica parking: Pay-to-park plans in play

July 19, 2015 - Radisson in Utica to get $3.5M facelift

July 15, 2015 - Will there be new life for Doyle building in Bagg’s Square area?

July 13, 2015 - Landmarc Building gearing up for first residential tenants

June 25, 2015 - Ocean Blue restaurant, other businesses on target in Landmarc Building

June 21, 2015 - Movie theaters a factor to help keep young people in area

June 16, 2015 - Roser family businesses relocate from downtown to canal

May 28, 2015 - Downtown Utica building sold; renovations planned

May 27, 2015 - Bringing back Bleecker Street, one business at a time

May 17, 2015 - OUR VIEW: Utica progress made, now address eyesores

May 15, 2015 - Possibilities abound for downtown corridor

May 14, 2015 - New businesses build on potential in Bagg's Square West

May 11, 2015 - Interest renewed in developing 2 downtown Utica buildings

April 12, 2015 - Historic downtown Utica building awaits renaissance

April 4, 2015 - Pizza Classic owner plans expansion to downtown Utica business

March 26, 2015 - Hotel Utica saga drags on

March 26, 2015 - Dinner with a view: Downtown Utica rooftop restaurant to open this fall

March 6, 2015 - City plans to install parking stations downtown

January 18, 2015 - Utica's lofts banking on nano jobs in Marcy

January 18, 2015 - Loft apartments growing trend in downtown Utica

January 15, 2015 - Cuomo proposes $1.5B upstate NY economic competition

January 13, 2015 - Crumbling Columbia Street: City hopes to tackle decay downtown

January 1, 2015 - Officials pleased with feedback from downtown Utica survey

January 1, 2015 - LOOK AHEAD: Issues in the Mohawk Valley

2014

December 17, 2014 - OUR VIEW: Services next logical step as downtown growth continues

November 19, 2014 - Bassett's move to Utica could bring 125 jobs

November 7, 2014 - OUR VIEWS: Real change in Washington will be replaced by posturing; Downtown Utica taking on new attitude

October 29, 2014 - Current projects, future possibilities revitalizing Utica's core

October 6, 2014 - More retail, restaurant chains head to Utica

September 21, 2014 - OUR VIEW: Projects pitch power to the people

August 11, 2014 - GUEST VIEW: New pellet en ergy plan big win on all fronts (by )

August 10, 2014 - OUR VIEW: Many eyes must focus on Vision 2020

July 24, 2014 - Mayor: Hotel Utica looking to sell

July 16, 2014 - Oneida County on board with tax incentive for loft developers

June 10, 2014 - Utica school district seeks new administration building

May 30, 2014 - Food bank moving back to downtown Utica

April 29, 2014 - What’s up with downtown? No firm plans on revitalization after boulevard concept fell through

April 18, 2014 - District Attorney investigating Children's Museum

March 30, 2014 - OUR VIEW: Voice your opinion on harbor plans

March 25, 2014 - Residents soon will voice opinions on development plans at Harbor

March 9, 2014 - ‘Theme districts’ to benefit from grants for Utica

February 21, 2014 - Pier's and Blake: A good idea gone bad

February 13, 2014 - State has no plans for historic "Old Main" buildings that sit mostly unused

February 5, 2014 - Pier's and Blake closes — again

January 11, 2014 - MeMe's Formals closing downtown Utica shop

January 3, 2014 - Downtown Utica business incubator warming up

2013

December 22, 2013 - OUR VIEW: Sustaining progress must be goal for ’14

December 6, 2013 - START-UP NY off to good start

November 19, 2013 - More loft apartments taking off in downtown Utica

October 24, 2013 - Franklin Square in Utica facing business turnover

October 3, 2013 - Schumer: 150 jobs returning to ACS building in Utica

August 27, 2013 - Former Thornberry's co-owner reopens Pier's & Blake

August 23, 2013 - Comets owners envision more than hockey

August 6, 2013 - Plan for downtown enhancements still in limbo

June 20, 2013 - Utica to sell HSBC building; restaurant, rooftop bar planned

June 5, 2013 - Tavern opens downtown

May 10, 2013 - Bleecker St. building back on the market

April 22, 2013 - Main Street grant projects taking shape in downtown Utica

April 2, 2013 - Utica's New Century building in limbo

January 31, 2013 - Officials, residents weigh in on proposed downtown plan

January 20, 2013 - Genesee Street plans controversial, but not unprecedented

January 5, 2013 - Harbor Point development getting underway

January 1, 2013 - Tom Clark: The man who would rebuild Utica

2012

December 31, 2012 - Robert Palmieri: Looking at his first year in office

December 17, 2012 - Two new businesses move to Downtown Utica

December 13, 2012 - Utica College moving online courses downtown

December 13, 2012 - Utica College moving online courses downtown

November 29, 2012 - Downtown development continues

November 28, 2012 - Cuomo continues economic development tour

November 28, 2012 - Cuomo continues economic development tour

October 28, 2012 - Guest View- YES: It’s the game-changer we need (by Regina Bonacci)

October 23, 2012 - Upstate Cerebral Palsy artists tour their art in downtown Utica

October 10, 2012 - Mayor proposes 2-lane Genesee St., parking lots in downtown

October 9, 2012 - The Downtown Plan

August 10, 2012 - Grimaldi's to close: 'It's sad when you lose a landmark

August 3, 2012 - Local franchise owner buys Harza Building

August 1, 2012 - City of Utica to announce deal for Harza Building

June 7, 2012 - Finding a place to park: Utica considers downtown garage again

June 6, 2012 - City, county, state seek solutions for downtown Utica parking

April 29, 2012 - Our view: State focused on plans to improve state energy grid

April 4, 2012 - Transfer station: Construction should be completed by December

January 18, 2012 - Utica seeks legal action against owner of HSBC building

2011

December 26, 2011 - Could slower road speed Utica development?

November 11, 2011 - Bus transfer facility moving forward downtown

October 19, 2011 - Economic development: Utica mayoral candidates share plans

October 18, 2011 - Bagg's Square West awakens from long slumber

October 8, 2011 - Polish princess' abdicates Utica, mansion 'completely gutted'

October 6, 2011 - Our view: City leadership should work to grow loft plan

October 2, 2011 - Lofty idea: Apartment projects test demand in downtown Utica

August 30, 2011 - Several downtown Utica projects well under way, more to come

July 8, 2011 - Palmieri weighs in on HSBC building

July 8, 2011 - For sale: Downtown Utica's 'gold-domed' bank building

June 30, 2011 - Randy Soggs resigning from city to return to private sector

June 22, 2011 - What happened to the HSBC building?

June 15, 2011 - Critics assail downtown Utica parking plan

May 19, 2011 - Council committee to review demolition of (HSBC) commercial building

May 11, 2011 - Our view: Parking lot at HSBC site a bad idea

May 8, 2011 - Housing authority to build homes, spruce up downtown businesses

May 5, 2011 - Future of downtown HSBC building in limbo

April 18, 2011 - Michael Cerminaro announces plans to run for Utica mayor

March 17, 2011 - Officials: Grant will help downtown Utica businesses

March 10, 2011 - Our view: City must stop dawdling over parking plans

March 4, 2011 - Plans might be off for downtown Utica parking garage

January 9, 2011 - Guest view: Harboring a dream (by David Roefaro)

2010

November 23, 2010 - Feed Our Vets moving pantry out of downtown center

October 16, 2010 - Four groups plan development at North Utica site

August 17, 2010 - Contractor renovating Cobblestone building

June 10, 2010 - An upturn for downtown Utica?

May 16, 2010 - Attorney investigating GroWest a man of many talents

January 10, 2010 - Guest view: Policies, procedures of Urban Renewal Agency in place before Roefaro

January 5, 2010 - New offer for downtown Utica's Harza Building: $400,000

2009

December 23, 2009 - Our view: Base growth on jobs, not fairy tales

November 19, 2009 - Owner: 257 Steakhouse to reopen

November 18, 2009 - Downtown steakhouse has doors locked, assets frozen

November 13, 2009 - City officials: Genesee St. mansion sold to Polish princess

October 11, 2009 - Rebirth of the former Doyle Hardware building

October 4, 2009 - Sign points to W. Utica Rite Aid closure

September 27, 2009 - Sunday business spotlight: Black River Systems Company

September 3, 2009 - $2.1 million grant to help revitalize downtown

August 21, 2009 - More funds, more hope for downtown Utica group (DUDA)

July 26, 2009 - Revive focus on Utica's Gateway area

June 15, 2009 - City pushes to fill Harza building

June 4, 2009 - Six-story Utica apartment building planned for downtown

June 3, 2009 - 2nd suitor for Harza building

May 9, 2009 - Brownfields create challenges for development

April 29, 2009 - Downtown tax district proposed

April 1, 2009 - Roefaro vows to eliminate potholes, illegal guns

February 16, 2009 - Old YMCA slowly changing into one-stop veterans center

January 28, 2009 - City envisions development in Gateway District

2008

October 12, 2008 - Many plans but progress slow at city's gateway

September 11, 2008 - The Stanley: 'The heart of downtown'

August 10, 2008 - Retail & Restaurant rundown: 257 Steakhouse owner looks to revive restaurant

June 25, 2008 - Inner Harbor a step closer to development

June 8, 2008 - Visitor takes a lonely walk through Utica

May 8, 2008 - Fate of Utica Catholic Bookstore uncertain

May 3, 2008 - Roundabout, pedestrian bridge possible for arterial project

April 26, 2008 - Parking garage planned for Charlotte Street

January 25, 2008 - Downtown Rite Aid moving

2007

November 27, 2007 - M&T acquisition of Partners Trust clears regulatory hurdle

October 11, 2007 - Strong demand expected for North Utica development

September 20, 2007 - Local business leaders give feedback on "Upstate Now" plan


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