Rethink Woodhaven: Reimagining a neighborhood

Published Feb 16, 2018 at 12:00pm

The city is reviewing the final draft of the revitalization plan for the 100-acre parcel that encompasses the former Woodhaven and Wright Park Manor housing complexes and the associated zoning.

In February, the plan is to roll out the planning document that incorporates the newest information from marketing research and public comment. It will include a marketing strategy and land use plan. The city also maintains to document the process.

The city wants to recruit one or more developers to revitalize one of the parcels, which is bound on one side by Floyd Avenue across from Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus and on another by Park Drive.

The city’s contractor demolished the structures in the former Woodhaven complex, and only a few walls remain to be removed. The former Wright Park Manor has been vacant for more than a decade after the buildings there
were torn down.

The city has outlined concepts for a variety of options on the site, but an overarching theme is a mix of residential and commercial uses, including multiple housing options that could include senior living.

The city now owns the entire area after a failed revitalization attempt by private developers. The complexes primarily housed airmen and their families during Griffiss Air Force Base’s heyday.

The flying mission ended in 1995 following a 1993 Base Realignment Closure Commission decision.

The city partnered with Mohawk Valley EDGE and Rome Industrial Development Corp. to begin the master planning and environmental review process nearly two years ago.