UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica's future downtown hospital and parking garage will sit on a 25-acre parcel downtown, with Mohawk Valley Health System officials on Thursday unveiling the project's site plans.
The first renderings showed where the hospital will stand, changes in city streets and the shape of the building, but the aesthetics of the building have not been designed yet. The new hospital is only about 30 percent designed.
Most roadways will stay intact other than Cornelia Street and Lafayette Street, which will turn into the main drop off for the hospital.
Planners say they heard from more than 2,000 residents and hundreds of hospital employees, and took all of their insight into consideration.
"The design of the hospital really drives a lot of the planning because it creates a footprint of a certain size that has to fit within the land area that we're looking at, so we looked at a whole bunch of different options and this arrangement that we presented today is the optimal arrangement," said Kim Way, an urban planner involved with the project's design.