A non-profit located within the footprint of the proposed downtown hospital in Utica has struck a deal with developers, but it's unclear whether or not they agreed to sell.
Officials from Mohawk Valley Health System made the announcement Tuesday, saying Compassion Coalition is one of 14 property owners who've signed agreements to sell their property to MVHS.
While they were limited with details, they said the footprint of the hospital's project had not changed, including their plans for Compassion Coalition's property.
"That actual location across State Street, corner of Columbia and State where Compassion currently operates would be surface parking was what the plans were for," said Robert Scholefield, MVHS' COO and Executive Vice President.
However, Compassion Coalition released a conflicting statement in response to Schofield's comments. It said, "We are not selling the Compassion Coalition building located at 509 Lafayette St. If and when a location of our choosing that suites the needs of Compassion Coalition becomes available, we would then speak about the possibility of relocating."
Hospital officials say the cost of acquiring the 14 properties with signed agreements is about $8 million. He says they are currently negotiating with 11 businesses. Six property owners have yet to respond and four are refusing to sell.