UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On Monday, October 24th, Mayor Robert Palmieri came together with the Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties, the Mid-Utica Neighborhood Preservation Corporation (MUNPC), and people first to announce the $45 million Cornhill Revitalization Project, which is a multi-site investment aiming to restore the neighborhood and recruit new residents.

“We’re looking for the neighborhood to become self-sufficient independent and have growth that will spur on not only in the corn hill area that will spur on to the city of Utica,” said Mayor Robert Palmieri.

The city has plans for two new mixed-use structures, the Cornhill Renaissance Center on James Street and the Mid-Utica Neighborhood Impact Center on West Street. Both locations will address the need for affordable housing.

“It’s the oldest neighborhood in the City of Utica. There haven’t been huge investments of resources and so the housing stock is old its aged its probably outlived its useful life so with approximately 30% of the City of Utica living under the so-called poverty level the need for affordable housing is acute,” said Robert Calli, Executive Director of People First.

The project will be financed by more than $900,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The city has also committed to providing additional funding. After years of planning, the Community Foundation, MUNPC, and people first signed agreements for the development and future management of the space, providing various amenities to Cornhill.

“It might be a test kitchen there could be spaces for all sorts of youth planning health and wellness no matter if you’re a senior or a child daycare is always a big issue but most importantly making sure opportunities to the new economy and the workforce are at the doorstep of the residents who we’re serving,” said Alicia Dicks, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties.

Groundbreaking for the project is expected to take place in Spring 2023.