The project would be in Hill's district and he said more specifics, such as a traffic study and an economic impact statement, were needed before the council could discuss deeding the land to the county.
Well, is there a study yet? Sounds like Co Exec Picente is still pushing the plan without one.
The county executive doesn't want county employees taking up space in the city's parking garage, which should be used as a marketing tool to attract more tenants into downtown office space, Picente said.
The proposed plan for Park Avenue would address the congestion, said Picente, who added that cities larger than Utica have implemented similar governmental complexes through road closures.
"Utica's not 110,000 anymore; it's much smaller," Picente said. "Bigger cities have adjusted to the safety and traffic issues in their downtowns."
I have news for Mr. Picente.
Oneida County's not 320,000 people any more; it's much smaller. County Government, and its need for parking, should shrink as well.