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Utica Wynn Hospital parking garage eminent domain decided by judge

Utica Wynn Hospital parking garage eminent domain decided by judge

Oneida County is moving forward with the eminent domain procedure to secure land needed for a parking garage for Wynn Hospital in downtown Utica.

On Dec. 23, the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial Department dismissed a lawsuit brought by Brett Truett, Joseph Cerino and the 418 Lafayette St. Corp. challenging the use of eminent domain in the situation. 

On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Bernadette T. Clark ruled against the group’s filing of a stay in eminent domain until the case is possibly heard on appeal, Oneida County Attorney Peter Rayhill said.

Clark’s decision gives the county permission to move ahead with eminent domain, though Rayhill said the county will pause the procedure if an appeal is heard. 

“We were gratified with the judge’s decision,” Rayhill said. 

Plans are for the parking garage to be located at Oriskany, Lafayette and Cornelia streets. Clark’s decision allows the county to acquire the three remaining properties in the footprint it has not yet acquired.  

The county has recently reached an agreement with a fourth owner, 525-527 Oriskany St. LLC. 

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Officials with Mohawk Valley Health System said they are happy with Clark’s decision and looking forward to the project moving forward. 

“This has been a long process,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, MVHS president/CEO in a statement, “and I am tremendously grateful to Oneida County for continuing to move forward with eminent domain and ultimately, construction of the parking garage.”