Rome downtown development plans

The city of Rome is getting closer to finalizing their plan for a $10 million downtown revitalization.

Posted: Jan 16, 2018 5:51 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2018 11:35 AM

ROME - The City of Rome was awarded a $10 million revitalization grant for downtown redevelopment. There are two projects that top the list.

The Liberty-George  (Ft. Stanwix) Parking Garage demolition is estimated at around $2 million and the Capitol Theater project is coming in at around $2.5 million.

Kimberly Baptiste is a Municipal Practice Leader for the Bergmann Firm. They've been holding public information sessions with the intent on getting input on where the public thinks the money should be best spent.

"There’s 17 other projects identified with the exception of those 2, ranging in price tag from probably $150,000 up to $1 million, so there’s quite a range depending on the project type," Baptiste said.

Here’s an idea of some of the projects being considered:

- City Green: The construction of an outdoor skating rink at City Hall.
- Installation of automated access and pay station at Liberty-James Parking Garage, allowing for 24 hour access.
- Upgrades to the Atrium at City Hall, making it compliant for people with disabilities.
- Re-locating Centro from the current train station to a Centro hub along West Liberty Street (next to the entrance of the City Hall parking lot).

All the projects are focused on one area of the City, but there’s a good reason why.

"The $10 million concentrated will have the potential to have a greater impact in a small area than if you spread it out too thin across the entire City for example, so the intent of this $10 million is really to be catalytic to leverage other investment," Baptiste said.

There will be a final public meeting on February 20th at 6 pm. The meeting will be at the Reach Center on West Dominick Street in Rome. The Planning Committee will submit a list of draft projects to the State by early March. Then it’s up to the State to decide which projects to fund. If all goes well, demolition and construction can begin as early as this fall.

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