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. But going further, everything will be connected by "elevated walkways" that will accomodate Autonomous Google Cars!
Looking back to 2010 article, Cleveland Tops List of Most Miserable US Cities, we are a bit cautious. Would a hospital downtown be able to handle all the hockey season traffic? View their entire Nexus Site Study Area.
March 14, 2022 - Nexus Center and Adirondack Bank Center mentioned in, Mohawk Valley getting $9 million in federal funding to support local projects
January 2022 - Page 101, of Governor Kathy Hochul's 2022 State Of The State address reads...
Improve the Utica Harbor Point Waterfront - Significant marina-area improvements to the Utica Harbor Point waterfront would advance economic development in the Mohawk Valley. Projects include the creation of an attractive public promenade; design and construction of multiple soccer and softball multi-use fields, including associated lighting and parking; and design of a pedestrian bridge to connect the recreational side of the harbor with the Adirondack Bank Center and the Nexus Center sports complex. These upgrades will unlock significant opportunities for marina-front restaurants and entertainment.
This bridge harkens back to a Harbor Point project (see page 4) that reads, "There are many more initiatives taking place - from the redevelopment of our historic buildings in Baggs Square which will be connected to Harbor Point via a dedicated pedestrian bridge, the redevelopment of our downtown retail spaces, and the restoration of the Utica Memorial Auditorium (now the Adirondack Bank Center)", as per the 2018 Harbor Point Mixed-Use Waterfront Development Opportunity RFP.
October 19, 2021 - Read news story titled, Construction To Resume On Nexus Center In Utica This December. Where it is reported...
"In June, the Oneida County Board of Legislators voted in favor of a bond agreement to support the Nexus project. This means the county is essentially co-signing for up to $35 million to allow the Aud Authority to finish the facility."
County begins to pay Nexus debt, Aud Authority bonding likely soon https://t.co/afTiJ695TQ— Observer-Dispatch (@uticaOD) September 10, 2021
View Nexus Center Conversation on Facebook regarding the above news.
Construction is set to resume on the Nexus Center in Utica. https://t.co/tzqJCCFJOh— WKTV (@WKTV) August 17, 2021
County legislators re-ignite construction of Utica’s Nexus Center - https://t.co/uDVbjb9FIA— Rome Sentinel News (@RomeSentinel) August 17, 2021
Nexus back up and running is incredible news!— Utica City FC (@UticaCityFC) August 17, 2021
Utica is ready for a big change in youth sports https://t.co/qVdPEREgjW
The Oneida County Board of Legislators is having a special meeting tonight at 5 p.m. to discuss and vote on a possible financial agreement on the Nexus Center in downtown Utica.— Ed Harris (@OD_EHarris) August 16, 2021
Potential bonding agreement for Utica's Nexus Center in works to cover construction costshttps://t.co/yZbwGEBmnd— Ed Harris (@OD_EHarris) July 20, 2021
It sure sounds like Oneida County taxpayers are going to be paying for Utica's Nexus Center.— (((Jubal))) Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) June 22, 2021
Which is weird, since the Venue Solutions report evaluating the Auditorium Authority's ability to pay still hasn't been released.https://t.co/dyMK8Ng4jk
“Today was the first step in getting back to the construction,” Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said. “It’s one step.” https://t.co/QS809hzI9F— Observer-Dispatch (@uticaOD) June 9, 2021
February 22, 2021 - Halted construction, a lawsuit, and now Supreme Court judge rejects Oneida County's motion to dismiss Nexus lawsuit.
And on the radio, WUTQ's Talk Of The Town: Oneida County Executive Picente Dicusses Nexus Funding Roadblock, listen-in at minute 32:00.
October 18, 2020 - Funding remained only a concept- without a solid plan, signed commitments, the halted Nexus Center construction breeds a lawsuit...
"One proposal would stretch out financing over 45 years and end up costing $128 million."— (((Jubal))) Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) October 18, 2020
It's not unusual for a municipal stadium to turn into a money pit. Somehow, Utica's Nexus Center reached that stage before it was even built. That takes talent.https://t.co/bSepFmxFKj
June 20, 2020 - Elsewhere in arena developement... "The PS5 looks like a publicly funded hockey arena with poor sightlines that's part of a downtown revitalization project that's really just a real estate investment scheme."
June 11, 2020 - Nexus Center making headlines...
For reference, this is not what bond investors want to hear:— (((Jubal))) Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) June 11, 2020
"Annese admitted the Aud Authority hasn’t figured out how to make money off the center yet. “The authority itself, if we can break even on it, we would be happy,” Annese said."https://t.co/u37F1oKtyw
Nexus completion date pushed back until 2021 https://t.co/fxnqeinnIU— Observer-Dispatch (@uticaOD) June 11, 2020
Yikes! Construction on Utica's Nexus Center gets shut down because the state cut off payments.— (((Jubal))) Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) May 21, 2020
This doesn't bode well. The county still needs to bond out the other half of the construction costs...with absolutely no revenue to pay off the bond.https://t.co/h6E3N8y1Ob
May 20, 2020 - Picente: Nexus Construction Could Slow, Pause
Nexus Center construction in Utica making progress pic.twitter.com/4KYIHtdsAJ— Ben Birnell (@OD_Birnell) May 16, 2020
May 8, 2020 - How tax breaks affect the bottom lines in Utica, Rome
April 26, 2020 - Utica Comets and Mohawk Valley Garden President, Rob Esche, "Nexus Center Will Have Large Economic Impact...", as told to Bill Keeler on WIBX Radio.
April 2, 2020 - Nexus project in Utica to proceed with construction
March 27, 2020 - Coronavirus: NY halts nonessential construction projects
March 31, 2020 - Wow, it's July 25, 2017 all over again. Remember this article, Warning to city: No garage, no new hospital?
Today it seems the Nexus Center has become just like the new hospital...
Utica’s Nexus Center: $44 million sports center for hockey, lacrosse to open in 2020 https://t.co/D2MQxLmo1a— NYup.com (@newyorkupstate) February 23, 2020
February 19, 2020 - UTICA, NY, OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND AT SITE OF NEW NEXUS CENTER SPORTS COMPLEX: City and state officials gathered Wednesday to break ground on the $44 million Nexus Center in downtown Utica.
Howard Zemsky joins local officials for official groundbreaking on Utica's Nexus center. pic.twitter.com/nkhQ7UNYlh— Joleen Ferris (@joleenferris) February 19, 2020
The complex will serve as a venue for sports tournaments, with at least 50 projected to take place each year.
Empire State Development Board Chair Howard Zemsky says it will be "a place for hockey, lacrosse, for places as far away as Pittsburgh, Boston, Toronto and Buffalo to meet our kids on the ice, the courts and the fields. Tourism is an area of your economy that has grown over 20% in recent years. This is a perfect addition to your tourism economy."
The 169,440 square-foot complex is expected to be completed by December 2020.
Story updated with Ryan McMahon's comments. Onondaga County exec says Utica project will complement his idea for a (mostly) outdoor sports complex here near Onondaga Lake— Teri Weaver (@TeriKWeaver) February 19, 2020
Utica’s Nexus Center: $44 million sports center for hockey, lacrosse to open in 2020 https://t.co/xMDiucwLcZ
February 12, 2020 - Nexus Center update: Esche: Nexus expected to open in December
"Designed as a 170,000-square-foot building along Whitesboro Street in Utica, the Nexus Center will be a sports recreation facility primarily used for ice hockey, box lacrosse and soccer. The project also calls for locker rooms, commercial office space, retail space, food and beverage services and other multipurpose training spaces... Work also has been underway to address Nexus parking. After a legislator noted how Comets games almost always have parking issues, Esche said developers worked out an agreement with the city to use the former Washington Courts site for parking... This area, Esche said, would provide 800 parking spaces. Nexus only needs 725, he said."
Esche: Nexus expected to open in December https://t.co/kfKpCF7iUR— Observer-Dispatch (@uticaOD) February 13, 2020
January 8, 2020 - Nexus Center update...
January 2, 2020 - Read, More than Comets: Inside the Adirondack Bank Center
"The Nexus Center, which may receive up to $22 million in state funds... with more ice availability once the Nexus Center is built, youth hockey is likely to grow..."
Consider... Publicly Funded Stadiums...
"The nation is peppered with examples of stadium projects built on empty promises of boosting the local economy, complete with “economic impact” studies that purport to show how crowds on game days will bring new spending on restaurants, hotels, and shops, and raise the city’s profile. Those studies aren’t geared to reflect reality; they’re built to sway public officials on their best hopes and civic pride. Economic research consistently finds a negative economic impact overall with subsidized sports stadiums."
November 26, 2019 - Score! Two Nexus Center updates in a single week; one article and one UticaOD "Opinion"...
Nov. 19th... Preparing for Nexus
November 13, 2019 - Nexus Center update...
Oneida County given $1.5M grant for Nexus Center https://t.co/yWC6qOL5CM— Observer-Dispatch (@uticaOD) November 13, 2019
October 21, 2019 - Nexus Center update...
Local Article— MV Builders Exchange (@mvbldrsexchange) October 22, 2019
In this Observer-Dispatch article, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said the Nexus Center could be operational by November 2020.https://t.co/DDzn2Rt7sz
September 6, 2019 - Per WKTV, event held for businesses interested in Utica's proposed Nexus Center... Subcontractors gather for Nexus Center meet-and-greet.
Local Article— MV Builders Exchange (@mvbldrsexchange) January 22, 2019
The projected cost for the Nexus Center in Utica is around $44 million and $22 million in state funding will be received, according to this WKTV article.https://t.co/rvmIEE5h2l
June 12, 2019 - A path to help fund the Nexus Center...
"Picente plans to negotiate to have a portion of the increase set aside for the Nexus Center, which is part of his proposed U-District. He believes the Nexus Center, along with other attractions in the county, would bring in more visitors which would then provide the county more money through the tax."
Oneida County looking to increase 'Bed Tax' https://t.co/VI0PECJEcP— Observer-Dispatch (@uticaOD) June 12, 2019
"According to Oneida County Tourism, the county's hotel occupancy tax (also known as the bed tax) brought in $809,000 in 2018 and $759,000 in 2017. The projected increase would boost revenue to an estimated $1.96 million per year overall, according to Oneida County Tourism."
Oneida County moves to raise the occupancy “bed” tax from 2% to 5%. Count Executive @AJPicenteJr wants a chunk of the change to go to the #NexusCenter project for downtown Utica. More at 6 & 11 on #WUTR and and 10 on #WFXV pic.twitter.com/rKzXGZV4KQ— Ben Dennis (@broadcastben_) June 12, 2019
June 11, 2019 - This Observer Dispatch article discusses the plans for Downtown Utica's proposed #NexusCenter...
Local Article— MV Builders Exchange (@mvbldrsexchange) June 11, 2019
This Observer Dispatch article discusses the plans for Downtown Utica's proposed Nexus Center. The RFQ is available in our Online Planroom- visit https://t.co/ckoBpLNSpu to learn more!https://t.co/h95ikJouIi
June 8, 2019 - Story breaks titled, Downtown Nexus Center takes next step toward reality.
"The Nexus Center is moving closer to becoming reality. Officials recently put out a Requests for Quotations (RFQs) for the project. This will begin the bidding process for construction, which is estimated at approximately $40 million. We know it's going to be built, what it's going to be used for, said Carl Annese, chairman of the Aud Authority. We just have to design it first.
April 1, 2019 - New York has a state budget. Newspaper says, A look at key items in NY's $175.5 billion state budget, but we do not yet know if Nexus Center funding is truly in there. Meanwhile, last month the city budget was progress: City Officials Working Toward Approving Utica's $718M Budget.
February 28, 2019 - Robert M. Palmieri (@MayorPalmieri) touts Utica projects...
What we’re accomplishing in #Utica isn't going unnoticed and we’re in the spotlight once again.— Robert M. Palmieri (@MayorPalmieri) February 28, 2019
Through great partnerships, effective governance and working together Utica and our region continue to grow! https://t.co/pVCoDlQf0Y#HereWeGrowAgain pic.twitter.com/Vt5fohzc3M
"he Mohawk Valley’s also gearing up for a projected 322,560 annual visitors who will spend more than $26 million a year in the region—that’s because downtown Utica’s the future home of the $44 million Nexus Center, a tournament-based sports complex that will be a Northeast hub for teams coming from around the U.S. and Canada. The world-class, 169,440-square foot facility will have ice that is easily transformed for use in field sports and will be used for ice hockey, soccer, box lacrosse and other field sports. While estimates call for 24 hockey and 24 lacrosse tournaments each year, the facility, which is receiving $22 million Upstate Revitalization grant funding, will also be available to the community for year-round use by local athletes and schools."
February 22, 2019 - Route 5S, hospital, Nexus Center projects to transform Utica
January 22, 2019 - County Executive Tony Picente discusses $22M Nexus Funding & Cuomo Budget on radioshow "Talk of The Town, WUTQ"...
January 17, 2019 - More on the 170,000 square foot Nexus Center...
The Nexus Center sports complex project gets $22million in NYS funding. What does that mean for the 'U District'--> downtown Utica revitalization plan? https://t.co/pNb5aof4PS— Ben Dennis (@bendennistv) January 17, 2019
State budget proposal includes $22 million for Nexus Center in Utica https://t.co/XicyWSnWXn— Samantha Madison (@OD_Madison) January 16, 2019
Cuomo's Nexus Press Release states, "The Nexus Center will be a 169,440-square-foot facility". And Elsewhere we hear, "...is projected to host 24 hockey and 24 lacrosse tournaments each year and will see a projected 322,560 annual visitors."
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." What of traffic counts, as the Nexus Center funding is now imminent...
Utica newspaper reports, State Budget Proposal Includes $22M For Nexus Center.
WKTV2 reports, UTICA'S NEXUS CENTER SLATED TO BANK $22M FROM STATE BUDGET, which stated, "The goal is break ground on the site by the end of this year or early next year. The center should be complete by 2020."
Also see, Cuomo Budget To Fund Utica Nexus Project, which states: "$22 Million Set For The Downtown Sports/Entertainment Complex".
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...
Weird. The DEIS for Utica's downtown hospital project specifically refused to address cumulative environmental impacts for the Nexus Center because it was "speculative".— Jubal Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) December 6, 2018
Apparently no one told @AJPicenteJr about that. Heh.https://t.co/EmZukRUgso
ICYMI: Utica considers closing Charles Street for Nexus Center: https://t.co/kOWwtLWkyC— Greg Mason (@OD_Mason) April 26, 2018
March 1, 2018 - Old Tartan Textile buildings are down...
This lot might look empty, but itâ€™s full of potential! đź¤” pic.twitter.com/y3Zo62bp5M— ADK Bank Center (@ADKBankCenter) March 1, 2018
January 16, 2018 - AUD, Nexus, and Beer Museum...
The Tartan Textile property is a key component of the U District in Utica, NY, which will add The Nexus Center, a multi-use facility, and the American Craft Beer Museum and Innovation Center next to the expanded Adirondack Bank Center , https://t.co/IHkHRb5qVO. @UticaComets— RinkAtlas (@RinkAtlas) January 16, 2018
December 28, 2017 - What! Chemical contamination has miraculously vanished?
Three years ago the City of Utica targeted the proposed Nexus Sports Center site as a remediation priority. Now? Any chemical contamination has miraculously vanished.— Jubal Harshaw (@RaceforNY22) December 28, 2017
Here's the city's original evaluation. https://t.co/gUXRzqgX5z
December 21, 2017 - AUD Authority purchases Tartan Textile property for future Nexus Center...
Aud Authority secures Tartan Textile site in Utica for Nexus Center: https://t.co/VvpdeUNCU5— Greg Mason (@OD_Mason) December 21, 2017
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 Baggâ€™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 â€“ 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 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...
First look at the Utica Nexus Sports Center pic.twitter.com/QUzC0w8YUA— Comets Army (@CometsArmy) May 16, 2017
Nexus Center at the Aud is an intriguing concept worthy of more discussion. I'm looking forward to more details. #Utica— John Jacon (@john_jacon) May 16, 2017
December 11, 2015 - Looking back... Problems plagued Comets chairman's first attempt at multi-million dollar sports venue.
October 18, 2013 - Looking back... Mohawk Valley Garden takes over Utica Memorial Auditorium.
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