COMING DOWN — The Liberty-George Street garage is slated to be demolished as part of Rome’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The city’s Board of Estimate and Contract approved a resolution earlier this month to advertise for bids to demolish the structure. (Sentinel file photo by John Clifford)

City has ‘twofold’ plan to replace parking garage

Published Oct 20, 2018 at 4:10pm

The city has a ‘twofold’ plan to handle parking after the demolition of the Liberty-George Street garage, Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said Friday.

After the garage’s demolition, surface-level parking on the site will be arranged. When the city finds a developer to repurpose the site, the mayor said, the plan is for the new structure to include “50 to 70” public parking spaces.

The garage, which city officials have said is structurally unsound, is slated to come down as part of Rome’s use of $10 million in state Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) funding.

Izzo said the city is waiting for Albany to finalize the plans for that funding before it can begin the first round of projects.

In the meantime, the city is preparing to get to work. Last month, the Board of Estimate and Contract voted to advertise bids for the garage’s demolition, as well as for another DRI project, the construction of a Centro bus transfer station on Liberty Street. The Centro transfer station will be located near the City Hall parking lot and will be enclosed and climate-controlled.

Also in the works, said the Mayor, are improvements to Gansevoort Park on North James Street. Izzo said the park will be “brought up to speed” with the more recently renovated Veteran’s Memorial Park, the plan being for the parks to “mirror” one another.