The regional "Insiders" have struck again!
The "powers that be" have determined that locating the proposed regional hospital in Downtown Utica is "best" for everyone. No opportunity for public input. No opportunity for the City Council or Planning Department to weigh in. Inconsistency with the Master Plan's call for developing a "walkable" downtown. More parcels of property taken permanently off the tax rolls.
It has taken two generations since Downtown was gutted by the East-West Arterial Project and Urban Renewal Projects for the nascent start of a "walkable" Downtown to appear with Private investment and "infill" development in Baggs Square West. . . with the renovated Aud to become the focal point of a new Downtown.
Now a multi-acre medical campus will be plopped just across the street from the Aud -- another "urban renewal" project -- becoming an effective barrier to extension of Private development to the south of Baggs Square. Why this is a bad location, and a potential alternative location, were previously discussed here.
This project would not be possible but for the MASSIVE infusion of Public tax dollars -- OUR tax dollars -- but the Public's opinion is the last to be considered . . . if it is considered at all.
I just wish some local news organization would do an in depth study into How this decision was made -- not the justification for the site chosen (already mentioned in the news article) but WHO was involved in the decision making, What process was followed, and What other sites were also considered.
It will tell us a lot about how we are governed -- and Who to blame for our current state of affairs.