City Planning Board approves subdivision of old Rome Cable parcel to clear way for Cold Point project

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The city Planning Board approved a measure related to the planned Cold Point manufacturing plant on South Jay and Henry streets in its Tuesday night meeting.

The five-member volunteer board unanimously voted to divide a property on Henry Street’s 500 block, across from the Rome Cable complex at the meeting.

The measure splits up the Rome Cable tower from a now-empty lot, where development will begin on Cold Point’s new facility.

Cold Point is a light manufacturing firm currently located on Success Drive in west Rome’s industrial park.

The company makes air-conditioning systems and equipment, and construction on its new, 50,000 square foot facility will be aided by $900,000 in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) funding.

The site of Cold Point’s new location, on the northwest corner of South Jay and Henry streets, is presently owned by the Rome Community Brownfield Restoration Corp.

And RCBRC officials are the ones who requested the subdivision, according to the proposal before the Planning Board..

RCBRC will sign a ground lease with Cold Point for use of the land.

There will also be a city-maintained industrial access road built through the property, continuing west from the corner of South Jay and Ridge streets.

RCBRC officials have said the access road will reduce truck traffic on nearby residential streets.

Also discussed was the fate of the Rome Cable tower itself.

There are no immediate plans for the structure, which houses public safety communications systems for the county, officials said.

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