UPDATE: Amid rising downtown hospital cost, Picente points to $600M figure

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VERONA–During a speech on Tuesday at a drone industry conference in Verona, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente presented a new figure associated with building a hospital in downtown Utica.

“…that is why we are investing in so many different things–a new state of the art hospital in downtown Utica to the tune of about $600 million.”

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente

On Wednesday, Picente’s office clarified, saying the $600 million figure was associated with total estimated investment into the project; citing the downtown parking garage, and proposed medical office space.

The initial estimate for the Mohawk Valley Health System project was $480 million, and a $300 million state grant would help build.

On Monday, Eyewitness News shared an interview with MVHS Chief Operating Officer Robert Scholefield where he referenced an estimated cost hike for the project, though no exact figure was given.

Scholefield said the primary reason for additional costs was property acquisition in the Columbia-Lafayette neighborhood; adding that new cost estimates would be presented in the coming weeks.

MVHS still targets the fourth quarter of 2019 to break ground.

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