City seeks clean-up grants for two sites


The city of Rome is pursuing state grants to help it clean two former industrial sites and get them returned to productive use.

Resolutions before the council at its regular meeting Wednesday would authorize the mayor to apply for state Department of Environmental Conservation environmental restoration grants for 701 Lawrence St. and 1333 E. Dominick St.

The Dominick Street land was the site of the Rome Macaroni Manufacturing in the early 20th century, later had a gasoline station and car repair shop, then in the 1970s was the site of printing-equipment maker Nolan Corp. The city later foreclosed on the property, and in 2017, hired a contractor to demolish the remaining building.

A cost estimate prepared for the city lists needs as asbestos abatement, building demolition and removal of flooring contaminated with PCBs. One clean-up option would cover the flooring and another would have it dug up and taken to an out-of-state hazardous-waste landfill.

The Lawrence Street site formerly held a bulk fuel storage and distribution operation. Estimated costs are about $225,000. 

The state grants require a local match of 10 percent, which the city would pay through issuing municipal bonds.

Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Also on the agenda are quarterly reports from the Rome Art and Community Center and Jervis Library, and transfer of 1112 Cayuga St. to a new owner. In addition, a resolution would authorize the mayor to apply for a state urban forestry grant of $40,000 to match a $10,000 gift to the city for community tree plantings.


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