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Second public meeting for St. Luke’s site-redevelopment project set for April 30

By Traci DeLore (tdelore@cnybj.com)

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A second public meeting to discuss the reuse of the former St. Luke’s Healthcare hospital campus in New Harford is planned for later this month. The hospital closed last fall when Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) opened the new Wynn Hospital and consolidated all operations at that location. (Photo credit: Reimagine St. Luke’s website)

NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. — With one community meeting under their belts, the Town of New Hartford, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), Oneida County, and Mohawk Valley EDGE — working cooperatively as Reimagine St. Luke’s — are hosting a public-design principles workshop on April 30.

The meeting takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the New York Mills High School at 1 Marauder Boulevard. It will feature the market and site analysis of the St. Luke’s site by planning consultants. Reimagine St. Luke’s is working with New York City–based Fu Wilmers Design to lead the team of consultants on the project.

Those attending the discussion will have the opportunity to comment on the analysis and provide additional input as the project moves forward with exploring design alternatives for the 53-acre site.

The first project meeting on Feb. 13 drew more than 75 participants, according to a project update on www.reimaginestlukes.com. Based on their input, organizers have crafted a community vision for the site that includes a neighborhood feel, makes it a destination with plenty of things to do, focuses on wellness and fitness, offers youth programs, and celebrates the legacy of St. Luke’s Healthcare hospital.

The hospital closed in October 2023 when MVHS opened the new Wynn Hospital in downtown Utica. The St. Luke’s Home remains open on the campus, providing nursing, rehabilitation, and residential operations, while the remainder of the site is open for redevelopment.