Downtown site for new Utica hospital a mistake

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Why would you want to put a hospital in downtown Utica near an event center, a proposed casino and in close proximity to a major railway? Could one feel safe in such an area?  What about traffic and parking at peak hours between venues?

Health care is changing, Doctors are now opening their own surgical centers. The new hospital will do little to change anything other than streamlining MVHS operations resulting in even fewer jobs. People will still go to Syracuse, Albany, or Rochester.

The politicians argue it will spur economic development but just look at Rome when they sacrificed their downtown to build Fort Stanwix, did things get better? No, fact is a few prospered and the rest was left for the memory. There are less shops, less restaurants, less office space, etc..

Decades later what has been Rome been doing? Re-opening streets, building more office space, tearing down parking garages and trying to attract more businesses to its downtown area. So in the grand scheme of things what will Utica gain? If past area history is an indicator it will be less tax dollars, fewer jobs and businesses; just the same old Utica and the same old people with a select few prospering.

— Doug Singleton,

Westmoreland

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