First the Utica Police Department (UPD) is in, then UPD is out, then they're in, and then they're out. Next we're reading a newspaper story suggesting, "the Utica Police Station is just too old and way past its useful life".
June 28, 2019 - Mayor Palmieri says new police department may not be feasible...
A new Utica police station may not be feasible. Hear from @MayorPalmieri after UPD Chief Williams shared possible relocation sites & the estimated cost of a new law enforcement headquarters. https://t.co/2m3peNLzlw— Ben Dennis (@broadcastben_) June 28, 2019
Or is this only a planned signal for Oneida County Executive Picente? A coordinated signal whereby he'll respond with, "Utica can fund a new police station as Oneida County will now fully fund the proposed "hospital" Parking garage?
June 25, 2019 - As we new from the Changing Maps, the plan was always to take the historic police station and new mainetenace garage...
The Utica Police Department is considering where its future home may be located--> the proposed hospital project is among the reasons for their interest to find a new location. #WUTR #WFXV #Utica #Police #LawEnforcement #NewYork https://t.co/aBp7ThMofh— Ben Dennis (@broadcastben_) June 25, 2019
This news story suggests another $30M to $40M in debt that Utica would need to bond for, on top of the 40% of a $43M Parking garage!
March 8, 2019 - One can read the following from a newspaper article titled, State review for downtown hospital includes less parking...
January 29, 2018 - As we stated, first its in, than its out...
In @uticaOD this past week, another resident says no to @MVHealthSystem Downtown hospital concept. Bad for healthcare, bad for Oneida County / @CityofUtica tax base, bad for downtown redevelopment! pic.twitter.com/VUqCbhyXQ7— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) January 29, 2018
January 18, 2018 - WIBX publishes story, MVHS President Reiterates UPD Station Courthouse Not Part Of New Hospital Footprint. Yes, Mr. Perra can "say" that, but these parecels are in someone's way!
January 10, 2018 - Newspaper gets pulled into the debate in the UticaOD story titled, Chief, health system, refute report about police station move.
January 9, 2018 - Chief Williams Hospital Most Likely Taking Police Station for Project...
January 5, 2018 - Take a cue from NYC regarding police stationRecently in New York City I happened to walk by the police department’s 19th Precinct. Tucked tightly into a dense building-lined East 67th Street; number 153 is a beautiful 4-story brick building. It is reported to serve one of Manhattan’s most densely populated residential areas, the Upper East Side. Built in 1887, a website offers, “the station house was re-designated a landmark in 1998.” Soon after this trip, a story on Utica’s police station appeared in this newspaper. Online the paper offered a picture gallery. The story, pictures and their captions suggested to me that more housekeeping and organization was in order, and a poor testament for needing a new police station. Can anyone find a single building with “drop ceilings” that doesn’t offer “exposed wires” when ceiling tiles are pushed aside? Many very flimsy reasons have been offered as to why downtown Utica must be bulldozed for a hospital. Yes new buildings can be great and offer efficiencies, but where would they be located, what are all the costs, what are the returns on investments, and who would pay? As the downtown hospital concept moves forward look for “a few old building to be saved”, but not the police station nor courts, that’s where their second parking garage will be revealed. It is my belief that our police station offers many more productive years. Can’t help but wonder if the same is not true for one or more of our current hospitals. Brett Truett, Utica
December 10, 2017 - We had strong reasons to believe, that MVHS and MVEDGE seek to bulldoze both our Utica Police Station and City Court Building, here's the proof starting to leak-out... Inside the Utica Police Department’s aging station.
June 1, 2017 - They are not taking the police and courts, but then they are taking the police and courts?
May 27, 2017 - Story breaks about the Changing Maps of MVHS's downtown concept, in Will hospital impact Utica police station? Great question! There are so many more!
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