Council may seek $775,000 for two downtown projects

Mac Bullock
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Posted 7/10/19

The city may apply for nearly $775,000 in state funding for two new downtown projects in its meeting tonight. The seven-member body meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. …

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Council may seek $775,000 for two downtown projects

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The city may apply for nearly $775,000 in state funding for two new downtown projects in its meeting tonight.

The seven-member body meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St. To view the agenda, visit romenewyork.com/common-council/.

One funding application before the council, requesting $545,471.35 in Department of State money, would go toward the “Copper City Commons.” That application calls for a $96,259.65 local match with city money.

According to council documents, the Commons project will include new seating on West Dominick Street, and new plazas on West Dominick and Gigliotti Avenue. The documents call for landscaping, sculptures, and new sidewalks and curbs in the project areas. City officials could not be reached for more information on the Commons.

Another application is for $228,750 for the Rome Terminal Building phase two, to be built at Bellamy Harbor Park. The $305,000 project would require the city to contribute $76,250.

There will be two ADA accessible restrooms, summer park attendant space, ADA accessible entrance deck, lighting and landscaping.

Two PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program agreements are also before councilors, for Aldi’s grocery store at 205 S. Madison St., and Davidson Management Group, 5905 Rome-Taberg Road.

Under state law, properties with solar energy systems can be exempt from tax for 15 years, but the PILOT program will allow the city to collect revenue from the properties during that period. The PILOTs before the council call for the property owners to pay 25 percent of their assessed rate for five years, then 50 percent for the next five, before paying 75 percent through the year 2034.

Councilors will vote on an environmental review of the planned Mohawk River Trail expansions, as well.

According to city documents, the trail will span from “its current terminus at East Chestnut Street approximately 4.5 miles north to the Delta Dam, all within the city,” bringing its total length to 8.3 miles after the expansion.

Also on tonight’s agenda:

Accepting donation of 300 teddy bears to the Police Department from Lake Delta Kiwanis, to be used in situations involving children.

Accepting a $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor, to be used for the purchase of trees from R. Jones Nursery.

A measure authorizing the former owners of 1000-1002 W. Liberty St. to buy back the property for $926.82.

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