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ENB - Region 6 Notices 11/28/2018

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Oneida County - The City of Utica Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) - Integrated Health Campus (IHC). A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on December 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the New York State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY (Per NYS regulation, photo ID is required to enter the building). Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until December 27, 2018. The Draft EIS is available from the City of Utica Department of Urban & Economic Development, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica; the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee Street, Utica; and on line at: www.cityofutica.com.

The action involves the construction and operation of an IHC in downtown Utica. MVHS' mission is to provide excellence in healthcare for its communities. Substantial effort has been focused on consolidating existing resources, eliminating redundancies, expanding the depth and breadth of services, improving access and elevating the quality of healthcare services in the region. MVHS has been successful in its efforts thus far, but has been constrained by age and physical limitations of existing facilities. To support goals to deliver higher quality, more effective care with better community outcomes at a lower cost, the proposed IHC will combine services from both the St. Luke and St. Elizabeth campuses. The new IHC will replace the St. Luke and St. Elizabeth campuses, reduce the number of beds in the community, and consolidate patient services to one campus. Project funding has been provided, in part, by New York State via the Oneida County Health Care Facility Transformation Program, which provided capital funding "in support of projects located in the largest population center in Oneida County that consolidate multiple licensed health care facilities into an integrated system of care." The project includes: 670,000 ± square foot hospital, central utility plant, parking facilities (one municipal parking garage and multiple surface lots), medical office building (by private developer), campus grounds, utility/pedestrian bridge (over Columbia Street) and helipad. The project also involves acquisition of properties and modifications to existing public/private utility infrastructure.

The project is located on approximately 25 acres, which will generally be bounded by Oriskany Street to the north, Broadway to the east, NYS Route 5/8/12 to the west, and Columbia Street, City Hall and Kennedy Apartments to the south in the City of Utica, New York.

Contact: Brian Thomas, City of Utica, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica, NY 13502, Phone: (315) 792-0181, E-mail: bthomas@cityofutica.com.


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