ROME, N.Y. - The Rome Common Council accepted a donation of Peterson's Exotic Pets property.
All members of the common council voted in favor to accept this donation besides one, John Mortise.
The property is located at 305 N. James Street in Rome and has been vacant for several months after a fire destroyed the building on Feb. 28.
Ramona Smith, the common council member that represents the 4th ward where the property is, says this lot has potential.
The property is adjacent to the Rome police station and after the building is evaluated, the city has plans to use this lot to alleviate parking issues at the police station.
According to the legislation, in exchange for the lot, the city will waive the unpaid taxes on the property.
The next step is for the city to start cleaning up the lot.