Nexus Center


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. Looking back to 2010 article, Cleveland Tops List of Most Miserable US Cities, we are a bit cautious.


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"

And what of traffic counts? As Nexus Center funding is now imminent...

Utica newspaper reports, State Budget Proposal Includes $22M For Nexus Center.


January 4, 2019 - Today on WUTQFM County Executive Tony Picente gives updates on U District, Nexus, and Downtown Utica Hospital Concept...

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...



March 1, 2018 - Old Tartan Textile buildings are down...



December 28, 2017 - What! Chemical contamination has miraculously vanished?



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 Bagg’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 – 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 18, 2017 - Nexus now part of the U-District, read on the Utica AUD website: The U District Sixty Years In The Making.


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...


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