Shopping center could be best for hospital

Recently the leasing manager and trustee for the New Hartford Shopping Center, William C. Morris, sent a letter to the Utica City Planning Board in regard to an opportunity for the new hospital to be built at the shopping center site. He outlined the fact that the site is accessible to major roads and highways and sits in the area deemed to be located within the largest county population.

Furthermore, there are no parking obstacles that will cost taxpayers upwards of $60-70 million. Morris hit the nail on the head, suggesting that the hospital lease the land in an effort to provide and maintain a stream of tax revenue for the services that are vital to our community.

This is a win-win for everyone. Uticans cannot and will not foot the bill for building parking garages and surface lots. The disruption to the current businesses downtown will inevitably kill off their business and drive them out of the city, hurting taxpayers even more. Utica’s tax base has already diminished and services are dwindling to cover administrative and public safety costs. Adding more taxes to the current tax bill will only drive more people out of the city.

Building at the shopping center will have little to no negative impact on any of our local municipalities. The main objective when building the hospital should not just be the services it will provide but making sure it’s financial feasible for the taxpayers.

David J. Gordon, Utica

 

Downtown not right place to build hospital

Why would you want to put a hospital downtown Utica near an event center, a proposed casino and in close proximity to a major railway? Could one feel safe in such an area?

What about traffic and parking at peak hours between venues? Health care is changing, doctors are now opening their own surgical centers, the new hospital will do little to change anything other than streamlining MVHS struggling operations resulting in even fewer jobs!

People will still go to Syracuse, Albany or Rochester. The politicians argue it will spur economic development but just look at Rome when they sacrificed their downtown to build Fort Stanwix, did things get better? No, fact is a few prospered and the rest was left for the memory. There are fewer shops, fewer restaurants, less office space, etc..

Decades later what has been Rome been doing? Re-opening streets, building more office space, tearing down parking garages and trying to attract more businesses to its downtown area. So in the grand scheme of things what will Utica gain?

If past area history is an indicator it will be fewer tax dollars, fewer jobs and businesses just the same old Utica and the same old people with a select few prospering!

Doug Singleton, Westmoreland