ROME, N.Y. – The City of Rome will receive a lump sum payment from the demolition of Ballister’s Bistro, a property damaged during the fire at Peterson’s Exotic Pets in February.
Dan Ballister, owner of the bistro, had insurance on the property, which was located at 307 N. James St. in Rome. He will pay the city a lump sum of $18, 250 for the work done to demolish the building on March 1. The amount was determined based on the square footage of the property. The city will pay to clean up the rest of the site.
The owners of Peterson’s did not have insurance, and Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo says the city proposed an agreement with them to clean up the debris from the demolition in exchange for the property.
“Right now, there is an agreement that is in place, but the Peterson’s family has not signed it, where the city agreed to forgive the taxes, do the cleanup in exchange for the property, hopefully that is what will transpire. If not, the city will clean it up and we will bill the property owner because unfortunately for the Peterson’s, they had no insurance,” said Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo.
Peterson’s Pet Shop caught fire on Feb. 28, and the building sustained irreparable damage. The building was demolished and the shop was moved to 315 N. James St., in Rome, just days after the incident.