UTICA — Oneida County is seeking proposals for developing the second floor of the building that houses the Oneida County Public Market adjacent to Union Station.
County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. announced that the county is taking requests for expressions of interest regarding the 4,200-square-foot upper space in the former Railroad Express Agency building in downtown Utica. He had announced the plan to seek redevelopment ideas during his March state of the county address.
The long, narrow structure east of the main Union Station was opened in 1941 and used as a transfer station from intercity rails to local delivery, according to the county. As its use declined as trucking of cargo grew, the building was closed in the early 1960s. The county began renovations in 2011. The lower level is used for the public market held on Saturdays.
Respondents to the RFEI must submit a proposal that includes:
A respondent description: Contact information, background information on organizational structure and the proposed development team.
A project description: Development plan that includes all proposed improvements and uses and their viability, development schedule, employment generation projections and applicable tourism impacts.
Financial information: Financial data and pro forma statements including construction budget; sources and uses of project funds; operating cash flows and a 10-year forecast of project income/funding expenses, capital improvement reserves and any debt service payments.
The criteria the county will consider in selecting a proposal will include:
Completeness and quality of overall response.
Financial and schedule feasibility.
Respondent qualifications and experience.
Respondents may participate in an optional site visit scheduled for Aug. 15. Those who wish to attend should RSVP to Mark Laramie, P.E., Deputy Commissioner of Engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 13.
Proposals must be submitted to Regina Venettozzi in the Oneida County Department of Planning by Sept. 12.
The redevelopment and use of Union Station and its vicinity is seen as a major part of revitalizing Bagg’s Square, site of Utica’s earliest development in the colonial and early-American era.
“This unique space is ripe for development and I look forward to seeing creative ideas come in as a result of this search,” Picente said. “I believe with the right vision and execution it can really turn into something special and further expand upon the revitalization of Bagg’s Square and downtown Utica.”