At 309 Genesee Street, Utica, NY is the St. Francis DeSales building where Thea Bowman House provides childcare on the ground floor. The Resource Center for Refugees used to be housed on the first and second floors. For the Extended Childcare Initiative, Thea Bowman childcare rooms will move to the first and second floors. Acedemics First will provide childcare on the ground floor. NYS OCFS requires Academics First to be on the ground floor, due to them adding the infant population. Building changes will need to be made for the ground, first and second floors for all children to be served. Thea Bowman House has contracted with Bonnaci Architect, PLLC in the past. Based upon current construction costs for similar projects, the estimate is approximately $60/SF and when considering the program needs and code requirements the approximate is 5000 SF. The preliminary construction budget is approximately $300,000. The Utica ESPRI funds designated to the Extended Childcare Initiative are approximately $900,000. These funds are dedicated to serving the children and the families, not the cost of infrastructure. The original budget anticipated $100,000 to building costs, not nearly enough.
Empire State Development Grant Funds
United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area Inc