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EDITORIAL: Good news for Cornhill

Posted 11/9/22

Utica’s Cornhill neighborhood was the recipient of good news recently with the announcement that the city, along with several important organizations, has committed to spending $45 million for …

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EDITORIAL: Good news for Cornhill

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Utica’s Cornhill neighborhood was the recipient of good news recently with the announcement that the city, along with several important organizations, has committed to spending $45 million for investments in the area.

Quality of life and more opportunities will be enhanced by affordable housing and spaces for recreation, business and creativity thanks to two new centers.

The investments from the city of Utica, The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Mid-Utica Neighborhood Preservation Corporation and People First will bring two multi-purpose buildings to the neighborhood:

­­The Cornhill Renaissance Center, which will be located on James Street, will have 36 mixed-income residential units, a quality urban grocery, retail spaces, programming for small business owners and a recording studio and multimedia lab.

Mid-Utica Neighborhood Impact Center, which will be located on West Street, will have 60 mixed-income residential units, space for community programming, a multi-purpose gym, spaces for non-profits, a shared kitchen and retail space.

“It’s a very exciting time for Cornhill,” said Fifth District Councilor Venice Ervin, who’s district encompasses the Cornhill neighborhood. Jawwaad Rasheed, chairman of the board of directors for The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, noted: “This work began a long time ago.”

Construction for both centers is expected to begin around spring 2023.

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