Council eyes Cold Point, zombie parcels

Posted 9/11/19

An administrative step toward converting part of the former Rome Cable site into a new home for a growing Rome company is before Common Council this evening. On the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting is a …

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Council eyes Cold Point, zombie parcels

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An administrative step toward converting part of the former Rome Cable site into a new home for a growing Rome company is before Common Council this evening.

On the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting is a resolution authorizing Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo to enter an agreement for redeveloping part of the former Rome Cable site for a new Cold Point Corp. 

The redevelopment agreement is a legal necessity for the maker of cooling and refrigeration equipment to take over remediated property at the former cable factory. It and parent company Whalen Corporation plan a 50,000 square foot facility to produce the site it’s outgrown.

Cold Point Corp., now in west Rome’s industrial park, will relocate to a portion of the former Rome Cable complex that has been remediated. The company makes heat pumps, air conditioners and cooling equipment. 

Another portion of the former cable factory site is due for remediation later this year by a contractor to be picked by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC is removing contaminated soil and waste under the state’s Super Fund industrial site clean-up program.

Other matters before council:

• Acceptance of a $142,500 state grant to help with zombie properties abandoned and left to deteriorate. A 2016 state law was intended to force mortgage holders to take responsibility for them, and the grants help local governments maintain buildings and get through the process of rehabilitating the sites. Cities, towns and villages that have at least 5,000 residents and more than 100 vacant properties were eligible to apply for grants.

• Authorization to embark on two road projects with the expectation that 95 percent of the costs will be covered by a reimbursement from federal highway support: Replacement of the deck of the Floyd Avenue bridge over the Mohawk River at an estimated $1.55 million, and replacement of the Seifert Road bridge over Wood Creek at an estimated $1.96 million. State aid may also be available for such projects.

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