Mohawk Valley Health System has extended the deadline for property owners affected by the downtown Utica hospital to respond to purchase options to Thursday, March 15th.

The deadline had been today.

Officials say 35 property owners have received appraisals.

They say four property owners did not allow appraisers access to their buildings, so a full appraisal could not be submitted and approved by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

A purchase option agreement was sent to the four property owners based on a partial appraisal of the exterior of their buildings.

“We revised the contracts for the property owners to reflect the additional details of relocation assistance and remediation,” noted Robert Scholefield, MS, RN, executive vice president/COO for MVHS. “We will continue to work with the property owners to ensure they have sufficient time to review their offer, ask questions and make an informed decision.”

MVHS will be making $1 million in relocation funding available to property owners in the footprint of the new hospital.

Meanwhile, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is interviewing finalists for a full-time project coordinator who will help affected businesses identify potential options and additional support for relocation.