BUILD IN ROME — The city is working to attract at least one developer to the 100-acre site that was once the Woodhaven and Wright Park Manor apartment complexes. A public hearing will be held on the proposed master plan on Wednesday, Sept.12, at 6:30 p.m. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Public can weigh in on Woodhaven-WPM plan

Published Sep 10, 2018 at 4:01pm

Rome’s major redevelopment plan for former base housing could get the green-light in Wednesday’s Common Council meeting.

The public will weigh in on the city’s preferred redevelopment plan for the former Woodhaven-Wright Park Manor complex ahead of the meeting. After the hearings, the council can vote to move forward with the plan and its related zoning updates.

The public hearings begin at 6:30 p.m., before the council gavels into session at 7 p.m. in its chambers at City Hall.

Additionally, the council will convene in a work session to discuss the plan with Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Director Matt Andrews at 5:30 p.m. This session is also open to the public.

The Woodhaven-Wright Park plan would seek commercial and residential development for the city-owned, 100-acre area between Park Drive and Floyd Avenue across from Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus. The city has a preferred vision for the site created through internal planning and public hearings, and the full proposal is documented at rethinkwoodhaven.com.

The first public hearing at 6:30 p.m. will deal with the Comprehensive Sustainability updates to the city’s master plan. The 6:40 p.m. hearing will focus on the Woodhaven Revitalization plan directly, and the 6:50 p.m. hearing will address the adjustments to the city’s zoning ordinances that the plan’s execution would require.

City Hall’s preference for the site is to create a campus with several sections. The proposal for the northern section, the former Woodhaven base housing, calls for a mix of residential and commercial development, including 150 market-rate lofts, retail space and public athletic facilities. The site’s central portion would have small, single-family housing, and the southernmost section of the site would have higher-density housing.

Councillors tabled the Woodhaven Revitalization proposal and related resolutions last month, opting to set a public hearing before making a decision. The proposal began taking shape in 2015, when the city acquired the Woodhaven area through tax foreclosure.

Also on the council’s agenda:

  • A resolution authorizing the city to accept the donation from the Community Restoration Corp. of a “zombie” property at 403 Depeyster St., and to accept a contribution of $26,000 to be used for costs.
  • Two resolutions authorizing the city to receive awards totaling $10,000 through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
  • A resolution authorizing the renewal of the city’s lease agreement with St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran for the use of the city’s Dog Park.
  • A resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with the school district, regarding the assignment for four retired Rome PD officers to Rome schools as security officers.
  • A resolution authorizing the city to provide the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration one full-time officer to the Task Force and to be reimbursed by the same for up to $18,343.75 for overtime expenses.
  • A resolution authorizing the city to receive $1,500 for the purchase of wild land firefighting equipment through the state Department of Environmental Conservation.