City of Rome Brownfield Opportunity Area 2

News & Updates

Friday, March 16, 2012
Want to be proactive during your lunch break? We're looking for YOUR INPUT on our application for the next step in the BOA program:

Public Meeting Announcement
The City of Rome invites residents to a public meeting to discuss proposed applications under the New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program The applications will seek funding for Rome to perform an analysis and inventory of all properties and potentially contaminated parcels, or "brownfields", for redevelopment in two areas of South Rome - Erie Boulevard Corridor and the Martin Street Gateway. The applications are vital steps in the completion of the program and will provide the background information and planning necessary to secure additional implementation funding for future projects in the South Rome area.
WHEN: MONDAY MARCH 19, 2012, 12:00PM-2:00PM
WHERE: COMMON COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 198 N. Washington Street


The Next Step!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
With the Pre-Nomination Report submitted for approval we're applying for the Nomination Phase. We've taken the advice of community members and split BOA II into two separate areas, mapped below. If you would like to see and comment on the draft application, submit a comment on our "GET INVOLVED" page and we'll send you a copy!

The Nomination Application will allow us to conduct environmental assessments on strategic sites, complete indepth studies into existing infrastructure, inventory all residential and commercial properties, and create detailed implementation strategies. For this step we're cutting the BOA in half and addressing the unique development problems and potential through two different studies. The Erie Boulevard Corridor includes West Dominick Street, Erie Boulevard, the Rome Cable Site and the surrounding residential neighborhood. The Martin Street Gateway will specifically look at Martin Street and the surrounding properties, including Rome Train Station.

The Nomination Report will play a major role in the revitalization of our residential neighborhoods, major thoroughfares, waterfront connections and aging industrial sites

The Next Step!

The Brownfield Opportunity Area Vision Statement
Friday, January 27, 2012
The statement below was created after a slew of public meetings, steering committee sessions, survey responses and other community input. The Vision Statement for BOA II briefly describes what we would like to see the BOA transform into in the upcoming decades. The list of goals that follows begins to outline how we're going to get there.


Aesthetically stimulating streets, vibrant waterfront recreational opportunities, and a downtown filled with inviting store fronts and cultural amenities draw visitors to Rome from all over the region. Rome's residents see the benefits of better quality downtonw housing, residential neighborhoods free of environmental and structural blight and innovative manufacturing and commercial facilities.

Major Goals
1.Provide and support existing commercial and industrial facilities while promoting new business and manufacturing development. Brownfields have no place in Rome's thriving local economy. We need to start supporting innovative business plans, developing quality facilities for our major manufacturers and employers, and nurturing economic growth along all major thoroughfares in BOA II. Underutilized sites throughout Rome provide the foundation for such developments.

2.Enhance the quality of housing in downtown Rome and in residential neighborhoods throughout the BOA through selectively rehabiliting and demolishing dilapidated homes and buildings, encouraging better quality care for rental properties,and developing state-of-the-art housing in Rome's downtown.

3.Increase recreational opportunities for residents and visitors through completion of the Canalway Trail and increasing youth programming and public outreach programs.

4.Improve infrastructure and overall character of major thoroughfares and downtown corridors such as West Dominick Street and Martin Street including revitalizing pedestrian infrastructure, improving storefronts and upgrading necessary infrastructure. This also includes the creation of a regional transportation hub at Rome Train Station that opens up to the Canal.

5.Enhance the quality of existing cultural amenities such as the Capitol Theater, all local trails, Rome Train Station and the Great Carry Site.

The Brownfield Opportunity Area Vision Statement

Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program
Brownfield Opportunity Area 1
The City of Rome New York
Community & Economic Development
the Pre-Nomination Report - Coming Soon
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