ROME, NY – The city of Rome hosted an open house Monday, to discuss Brownfield Opportunity Areas in the city.
Specifically, the Erie Boulevard BOA, which includes downtown Rome and the land along the Erie Canal.
The opportunity to develop these areas became available after Rome received a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from New York State last year.
Some of these opportunities include greenway connectivity in Rome, improvements to Freedom Plaza, and a downtown parking study.
Ronald Witt, a lifelong resident of Rome, says he’s pleased with the direction the city is taking.
“South Rome has been kind of rough lately. A lot of factories have been shut down, and now they’re removing them, beautifying the place, and getting more industrial structures of a new style that are bringing jobs back to the area.”
Rome residents were presented with displays of various proposals for the Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area and asked to “vote” on their favorites by placing a sticker on the display they favored most.