Planning Committee announced

Published Oct 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo today announced the formation of the Local Planning Committee in conjunction with the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative from the state. The group will meet for the first time Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. at the REACH Center, 201-211 W. Dominick St.

“I am very pleased to announce in cooperation with the New York State Department of State that the Local Planning Committee has been formed to begin the work of finalizing the Strategic Investment Plan for the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The members of the LPC, along with Bergmann Associates, the state’s consultant for this DRI region, will begin the process of implementing and executing our winning DRI plan. I am also pleased to announce that Steven DiMeo, president of Mohawk Valley EDGE and a member of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, has agreed to co-chair the LPC with me,” said Izzo. The panel will have two members of the Common Council: Third Ward Republican Kimberly A. Rogers and Sixth Ward Republican Riccardo D. Dursi.

Also on the committee: Charles Green, president of AIS and member of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council; Centro Chief Executive Officer Richard Lee; Diane Shoemaker, board member of the REACH Microenterprise Center; Frank Barrows, superintendent of Fort Stanwix National Monument; Michael Brown, executive director of the Rome Main Streets Alliance; Arthur Pierce, executive director of the Capitol Theatre; Alicia Dicks, executive director of the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties; James DiBella, owner of DiBella’s; Bruce Hairston, Rome multi-team leader, YMCA of the Greater Mohawk Valley; the Rev. Marita Perez, pastor of Maranatha Church; Franca Armstrong, associate vice president of workforce development and dean of Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus; and Patrick Costello, president of the Central New York Labor Council.

The city’s list of projects include: demolition of the Liberty-George Parking Garage and an apartment complex in its place, Capitol Theatre improvements, improvements at City Hall and the Griffo Green, Liberty-James Parking Garage upgrades, West Dominick Infill Development site work, City Center Apartments, arts-based Innovation Hot Spot at the REACH Center, streetscape improvements and trail connectivity at Erie Boulevard and James Street and at Erie and George Street, relocation of the Centro bus service hub and Zion Church historic preservation and community center.