Utica, NY, July 7, 2018 - #NoHospitalDowntown has drafted a history behind the Boilermaker15K's name. The tale of "Boiler Making" heritage in Downtown Utica is detailed, copies are being distributed around town, and are also available online, at The Boilermaker15K Name's Heritage (7.4MB PDF) and The Boilermaker15K Name's Heritage web version.
#NoHospitalDowntown, BetterUticaDowntown, and many others believe that Boilermaker15K heritage, and historical significance of the Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood, makes the proposed MVHS hospital concept unacceptable. Streets and original Erie Canal-era buildings used in making boilers (and numerous other products) remain in very sound shape throughout the neighborhood.
Brett Truett , #NoHospitalDowntown co-founder offered, "Taken together with modern urban redevelopment concepts, along with Utica's boiler maker past, a very significant foundation for creating a history and heritage based economy exists. I'm confident every and any urban planner speaking freely, would vote for this future over the proposed hospital district."
Recently the group has also highlighted the "Oneida County Medical District" as the best location for future regional healthcare investments and outcomes. Information on the OCMD at Oneida County Medical District.
Jim Brock, #NoHospitalDowntown Co-founder, added, "Three years old, our battle to save our city, has only begun. In spite of very significant PR expense the MVHS concept has very weak support. Yes healthcare is vital, but a fair assessment would show this hospital needs to go to the OCMD, and downtown history like that of our Boilermaker15K preserved."
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Contact Info: Brett Truett
#NoHospitalDowntown was co-founded by two business owners and former board members of Utica’s Chamber of Commerce following disturbing calls from hospital board members. The hospital would abandon a 64-acre hospital campus to go downtown. The downtown concept would require demolition of historical buildings and streets and threatens over 40 businesses. Both the Utica Chamber and the Genesis Group have never allowed them to share their concerns with their boards or membership.
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