BUD: Our Vision

As our plan comes together, BUD will add additional content to this website. Our group is charting a new vision, a better plan. We call it Better Utica Downtown or simply BUD.


As Utica Common Council President has stated, Downtown Utica has A Lot To Lose That statement was followed-up by property and business owner William Corrigan's A Better Downtown Utica

BUD Says: "You will see how the Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood will be further developed to become a more desirable place to do business, visit, and live. You'll learn how we will work with other Utica Neighborhoods to develop increased connectedness."

As time goes by and our vision is acted upon, Downtown Utica's Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood will offer great urban living options:

⬛ Stroll with a drink from Bite Bakery to the Varick Street Brewery District

⬛ Purchase a Condo, setup your Downtown Utica home, and enjoy walks to the bank, resturants, shows, and complete business in the government district.

⬛ Visit a park and do some shopping.

⬛ Enjoy early morning coffee at Utica Roasters, then walk with visiting friends to Varick Street to take-in a Saranac Brewery Tour

⬛ Rent an office, rent a loft, or both!

⬛ Encourage your visiting guests to stay at the neighborhood's grand Hotel Utica, walk over to meet them, sit in the Magnificent Lobby then head out for dinner.

⬛ Purchase a vacant building, get our help funding its Adaptive Reuse!

⬛ Drive to Varick Street for a pre-dinner drink, walk to and back after a Landmarc Seafood Dinner

⬛ Exit your historic urban townhouse in the Columbia-Lafayette neighborhood, walk to the Stanley Theater for a show, or spend an afteroon seeing a Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute film or Gallery Exhibit

⬛ Walk your dog, or ride your bike, from your Columbia-Lafayette loft and grab lunch on Bank Place at Tariks Bakery & Coffee Shop

⬛ Jump on a bus, take a tour of the Mohawk Valley's rich heritage.

⬛ Leave your apartment or loft on Sunday morning, make a quick walk to worship at; St. Matthew's Temple or St Joseph & St Patrick Church or Historic Grace Church or Bosnian Islamic Association of Utica or other Downtown Utica institution.

⬛ Live in our up-and-coming Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood (one option is ready today, at Lofts At 502) and then one day walk over to visit family or friends living and or working at the Lofts At Globe Mill

⬛ Study the history of the Erie Canal, early residents, and Utica's first businesses.

⬛ Pack a suitcase and roll it over to Union Station where you can catch a train; Lake Shore Limited, West To: Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo or Chicago... or Empire Service to NYC or Boston or north to the Adirondacks

⬛ Come early, catch dinner at an Italian resturant and then a Concert or a Hockey Game at the Utica AUD.


Urban living has many benefits that are attractive to young professionals, empty nesters, and older residents alike. We're BUD, and we're here to help you understand the benefits, and how you can help us to create a Better Utica Downtown.

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