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

We don't think a hospital district belongs downtown. For hospital headlines and stories, see links here: Hospital Headlines. Downtown should be working to attract resident and more small businesses, not yet rank here Best Places to Start a Business in New York, but we could be.

One document to consider is The Mohawk Valley Looking Forward, which highlights our past, but shows someone has been in on the downtown hospital talks. Newly added pages 39 to 69, shared with #NoHospitalDowntown, shows someone's effort to fit a hospital into downtown.


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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