ROME, N.Y The city of Rome is seeking to acquire the Peterson's Pet store after it was destroyed by a fire back in February.
The rubble from the building has remained in the lot since the fire. Now the city is moving to acquire the property from the current owners.
Mayor Jacqueline Izzo believes the lot could be used to help alleviate a parking problem at the police station across the street.
"The Peterson's property is an adjoining property to our police station. And its also kind of landlocked. And it makes sense for us right now to look at acquiring that piece. We were hoping to be able to redevelop that and have a more secure lot for our police vehicles," said Mayor Izzo.
The mayor said that the cost to clear the lot would be less than $40,000.
News Channel 2 did attempt to speak to the owners of Peterson's on camera, but they declined our request for an interview.
The city Common Council will vote on whether to acquire the lot at the council meeting on Wednesday.