Mayor Announces Investments in Harbor Point Infrastructure

Roughly $2.5 million in upgrades will come from the American Rescue Plan Act and feature both aesthetic and infrastructure improvements.

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Mayor Announces Investments in Harbor Point Infrastructure

UTICA-- Mayor Robert M. Palmieri announced that the City of Utica is making key investments in Harbor Point to make the area accessible to the public and more functional as a destination.

Roughly $2.5 million in upgrades will come from the American Rescue Plan Act and feature both aesthetic and infrastructure improvements. Those improvements include:

  • A floating dock system for recreational boating (kayaks, canoes, etc.)
  • Railings along the walkways adjacent to the water to make waterside accessible.
  • Permeable pavers and walkway improvements.
  • Pedestrian connections to surrounding trails.
  • Several pavilions and shade structures.
  • Enhancement of green spaces to include trees, lawns and bushes.

This investment comes after decades of planning, environmental remediation and investment to restore Utica’s historic waterfront. It follows a host of other improvements that have already been announced and/or completed. In total, these projects bring Harbor Point closer to the goals that were set for it back in 2013.

Last fall the City of Utica and Mohawk Valley Gardens (MVG) announced plans to bring a new state-of-the-art restaurant, banquet facility and regional event center at the historic 1933 Building and the adjacent lot. Other recent investments include:

  • Construction of a Starbucks.
  • A $2 million federal investment in a walking bridge connecting the Harbor to the Adirondack Bank Center and adjacent properties.
  • $18 million of federal funds to improve the “gateway” corridor of North Genesee St

Utica’s Harbor Point comprises more than 100 acres of waterfront real estate uniquely situated around the City’s historic harbor, between the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. The City of Utica and the UHPDC) are advancing the transformation of this underutilized former industrial area into a year-round destination for residents and tourists.

A consultant team led by Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture, PLLC was hired in 2013 and has been working with the City of Utica and the Utica Harbor Point Local Development Corporation to complete the Harbor Point waterfront plan. City officials have been executing on that plan ever since. More than $15 million in investments have been made to date including building a road and entranceway, expanding sewer and water lines, demolition of dilapidated buildings and rebuilding the bulkheads and seawalls at the edge of the water.

Mayor Palmieri stated, “Harbor Point will be a destination that will transform the future of the City of Utica. With these investments, people will live, work, visit and play at Harbor Point. For decades, the bright future of the Harbor has been talked about, but now it’s the present and not the future that is bright. Visions Hotels has been an incredible partner in the rebirth of this area and the City of Utica. It’s taken a lot of time, energy and work – but Harbor Point is taking shape and we should all be thrilled.”