Plans for a Downtown Utica hospital are moving forward.

Mohawk Valley Health System has issue a Request for Proposal to architects, engineers and construction managers.

Officials say they've sent information to 14 architects, 11 engineers and seven construction management firms, all of which have extensive experience in healthcare projects that are the size and scope of the proposed MVHS project.

They say more than half the firms contact have offices in New York State.

Meanwhile, appraisal teams are scheduled to begin their work in late September on the valuation process for downtown properties.  That process is expected to take between 60 and 90 days.

The new hospital will be built on about 25 acres in Downtown Utica.

“It’s very important to us to continue to move forward with the project,” noted Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS. “We continue to work with the New York State Department of Health and Governor Cuomo’s office on the final disposition of the $300 million designated for the project. Officials in Albany tell us they are getting close to their final recommendation and the requirements that we will need to meet. It has taken longer than we anticipated but this is a unique ‘gift’ that we are receiving and one that does not have precedence. This is a new process for everyone.”

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