UTICA — The Utica Common Council has set a date for a public hearing on the sale of a number of city-owned properties to the Mohawk Valley Health System for the health system's developing downtown hospital project.

The public hearing is scheduled for the next council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 in the Common Council Chambers at Utica City Hall.

Mohawk Valley Health System is targeting a 25-acre area of downtown Utica — in the neighborhood of Oriskany, Columbia and State streets and Broadway — for a new hospital campus. If the legislation is approved, properties at 326-334 Columbia St., 336 Columbus St., 414-416 Lafayette St. 509 State St. and 401 State St. will all be sold to the health system for $1.

The purpose of the hearing is to allow the public to ask questions and offer comments on the proposed sale and subsequent development on the properties.

As the council moved Wednesday to schedule the public hearing, legislation to approve the sale was separately placed into committee. After the public hearing, the council may consider that legislation and authorize the chairman of the Urban Renewal Agency to process all necessary documents to sell the property.

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