By STEVE JONES Staff writer
The Planning Board unanimously supported the redevelopment and site plans for both Old City Hall and the Rossi site in the former General Cable complex Tuesday, recommending the Common Council approve them.
The Rossi Site is on Railroad Street across Harbor Way from American Alloy Steel. The vacant, unnumbered parcel covers 2.6 acres and is assessed for $50,700. It is within the "employment district" aspect of the Brownfield Opportunity Area identified by the city.
That district covers 98 acres and has 46 parcels within it, Department of Community and Economic Development director Diane Shoemaker told the board.
The site would be transferred to MSP, a development group involving Ann Lynch of Rome and out-of-state investors. It was already cleared by the state as environmentally remediated in 2004, Shoemaker noted. She also told the board that the developer has outlined a plan to construct a new building — similar to the American Alloy Steel building across Harbor Way — to be used for "distribution and warehousing." A more specific plan will come before the board when it is ready, she said.
Old City Hall, 207 N. James St., is within the "historic gateway" slice of the Brownfield Opportunity Area. That area covers 22.3 acres and has 22 parcels within it. The historic gateway area also includes the Spring Street area.
A team organized and led by Mayor Joseph R. Fusco Jr. chose a plan proposed by YES Development of Rome from among three proposals submitted at the city’s request. That proposal is a mix of commercial spaces and loft apartments.
The recommendations to the council for approval of the plans were all 4-0, with members Larry Daniello, Lorie Guerrieri, Nicholas Carletta and Leo Angelicola present. Member Mark Esposito was absent.
The rest of the process is a group of public hearings and then a vote by the council regarding transferring the parcels to the private owners.
The seven-member council will hold public hearings on the plans and the proposals to sell the sites at its meeting on Wednesday, July 25. The Rossi hearings will be at 6:40 p.m. on the property transfer and at 6:55 on the redevelopment plan.
The hearings for the transfer and redevelopment plan at Old City Hall will be 6:45 and 6:50, respectively. The council could grant those approvals at that meeting, immediately after the hearings.