UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was recently in Utica to announce 16 new projects coming to Utica as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative award of 10 million dollars. Two longtime establishments, Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute and Utica Public Library are excited to be recipients of the award. 

“Because it was about enhancing this downtown corridor and we’re right on it across from other organizations that also received funding, we said those historic stone pillars, we’d love to replace those. They’ve been crumbling for years. So, we’re going to be able to do that as well as really improve the sidewalk on the Genesee street side of the building.” – Chris Sagas, Director of Utica public library

Almost 102 thousand dollars will go into the rehabilitation of the library’s exterior. Sagas says this is going to enhance the live ability and walk ability.

“We want people to come here, see what we have in the library and then stop at the art museum and then go down the street to the local lunch counter, that’s the type of stuff that not only makes this a tourist destination but improve the lives of neighborhood residents, the property values go up. This a place they want to take some pride and initiative to continue to work on.” – Chris Sagas, Director of Utica public library

And just across the street at Munson-Williams, about 820 thousand dollars will go toward a large public park.

“Munson-Williams has the largest amount of green space along Genesee Street and coming from Oneida Square, we’re really the gateway to Downtown. So, we wanted to find new and innovative and really dynamic ways to live in that space and make it really community focused. Make it a space that was the heart for the neighborhood, the introduction to the downtown area that brought community organizations together with Munson-Williams to improve the quality of life in our city.” – Anna D’Ambrosio, President and CEO OF Munson-Williams Proctor Institute