They are breaking ground for 128 luxury apartments in Rome. Fantastic! For too long high-end construction has been left to suburban areas.
It's good to see that some of this is going on in Utica, too, with the Pezzolanella's project at the re-christened Landmarc building. It certainly is exciting to see those steel beams flying through the air! And the County seems to be on the right track, too, by creating incentives for in-city projects.
We all benefit from in-city projects because they more-intensely use the valuable infrastructure already in place: the roads, sewers, and water lines which were originally designed for intense use. This avoids taxpayers having to build and maintain new infrastructure. But more needs to be done.
One of the biggest flaws in the Utica Master Plan is its emphasis on "affordable housing" (a/k/a public or publicly subsidized housing) with total ignorance of high-end development. One gets the impression that the Plan was consciously designed to concentrate the region's poor in Utica. The Plan defers to the Federal HUD ideas of social engineering rather than what Utica really needs: a shot of taxpayers who can pay to keep the city running.
Utica leaders . . . wake up! By fixing the Plan to encourage people with money to come to town, other problems will solve themselves.