Abandon plan to demolish former animal hospital


There’s been a lot of discussion on social media over the past several weeks regarding plans to demolish the building that most recently housed the Greystone Animal Hospital at 1315 Erie Blvd. West to build a car wash.

Regardless of the argument about whether or not we need another car wash in Rome, it doesn’t need to be at the expense of this beautiful historic building. Anyone who drives down to that area and looks for themself will see the following --- adjacent to the lot under discussion is the property that houses AT&T wireless, Visionworks and (vacant) Aspen Dental.

Just on the other side of that property is a vacant used car dealership that is ideally situated for a car wash, and would not require taking down an historic building. So literally two lots away from the property in question is another property where the car wash could be built. And doing so would make a bunch of people who care about historic preservation very happy; some might even become paying customers. This is called being a good corporate citizen. It is my hope that Hoffman Development Corp. of Albany, who plans to demolish the building to build the car wash, will reconsider their current plans and demonstrate some good corporate citizenship for the benefit of all Romans.

— Michael Rescigno, Rome


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