, 2023-03-15 22:29:57,
UTICA — Between housing and parks, the city of Utica has a busy year ahead with construction sites around the city.
Urban and Economic Development Commissioner Brian Thomas shared a run down of projects at the Feb. 28 Genesis Group Economic Development Forum. City funding toward the projects comes from Downtown Revitalization Initiative and American Rescue Act funding, he noted.
Thomas listed five different housing projects going on in the city, ranging from new construction to rehabilitation of existing apartments.
Artspace Utica, located at 1020 Park Ave., focuses on live/work space for artists with 43 one-bedroom and two-bedroom units and community space. Matthew W. Meier, of HHL Architects in Buffalo, is the architect fort the $14 million, 42,627-square-foot project. Thomas expects the project to break ground this spring with an anticipated spring 2024 completion.
A $25 million project at Johnson Park Center will create two residential-housing facilities with 62 units for people of low to moderate income. “They have all their funding in place,” Thomas notes, with groundbreaking expected this spring.
The Mayro building at the corner of Genesee Street and Bank Place will get an overhaul thanks to $4 million in Restore NY funding and $1 million from Empire State Development, Thomas said. When complete, the building will feature 47 apartments on the top floors, office space on the second and third floors, and commercial space on the ground floor.
Work will also begin soon on an old warehouse at 700 Broad St. to develop 74 apartments for low- to moderate-income residents. Finally, the Chancellor Apartments on Bleecker Street will get a complete rehab of 66 units, he said.
Also on Bleecker Street, Chancellor Park will receive $4 million worth of work. “It’s one of the oldest parks in the city,” Thomas said. Work will include converting tennis courts into pickleball courts and installing an interactive fountain. The city will bid the project out in a few weeks, he added.
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