51-unit apartment building planned for Cornhill


UTICA–A 3-story, 51-unit apartment building–along with additional housing properties–could be coming to Cornhill.

“The city planning board and zoning board have reviewed plans, submitted by Johnson Park Center for the construction of three new buildings,” Commissioner of Utica Urban and Economic Development.

Utica Planning Board documents indicate the proposed apartment locations:

  • A 3-story, 51-unit apartment building – 1300 West Street
  • A 3-story, 9-unit apartment building – 200 Square Street
  • A 2-unit townhouse style building – 14 Square Street

Thomas said the apartments will be “all new construction” and targeted for low to moderate income housing.

“The planning board has reviewed the project and granted preliminary site plan approval,” Thomas said.

During a phone call, Chief Operations Officer for Johnson Park Center Rev. Ursula Meier said the agency is still working on finalizing financing for the project.

JPC says they are a faith-based not-for-profit; founded by the Rev. Dr. Maria Scates.

“The area is zoned to family residential. And giving that this is a multi-family residential project, the project did require a use variance through the zoning board, which was granted in September,” Thomas said.

Chris Lawrence, a planner for the city’s office of Urban and Economic Development, says Utica’s commitment to the project’s cost is not from the city’s wallet.

Rather, Lawrence says the commitment of up to $180,455 is a disbursement of federal block grant funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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