Federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act will be used to give the facility in Utica, N.Y. a long-awaited facelift. A 6,000-sq.-ft. addition will be constructed, which will include a new entrance and patio area. New amenities like a new grill room and space for golf simulators are planned. “This is just another level of the city continuing making an investment into the quality of life of our assets that we currently have but unfortunately have been neglected,” Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri says.
The Bertolini Clubhouse at Valley View Golf Course in Utica, N.Y., will get a long-awaited facelift using federal funds, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri announced Sept. 6, the Observer-Dispatch reported.
The more than $2 million project will renovate the existing clubhouse and construct a 6,000-sq.-ft. addition, including a new entrance and patio area, the Observer-Dispatch reported. New amenities like a new grill room and space for golf simulators are planned, along with new windows and roofing on the existing structure.
The clubhouse improvements will be primarily covered using $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds that are part of the Utica Prosperity Initiative, the Observer-Dispatch reported.
“This is just another level of the city continuing making an investment into the quality of life of our assets that we currently have but unfortunately have been neglected,” Palmieri said.
The investment comes amid an uptick in interest in the Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course, the Observer-Dispatch reported. City officials reported pre-pandemic revenue of roughly $270,900; the course has already generated $470,000 in revenue this year, with a goal of $500,000 by season’s end.
“We’re putting the money where people are going to be able to use it, understand it and come back and enjoy all of our great, great assets we have,” Palmieri said.
Bids for construction on the project will be available on Sept. 13 and due on Oct. 6, a release from the city said. Bids are scheduled to be awarded on Oct. 13, the Observer-Dispatch reported.
A request for proposals will also be issued in the coming weeks to determine who will operate the clubhouse amenities.
The golf course clubhouse is yet another piece of the Memorial Parkway corridor, Palmieri emphasized, which also includes the under-construction Utica Children’s Museum, Utica Zoo, New York Power Authority Energy Zone and upcoming features in the city’s parks like a dog park and splash pad.