City Hall hopes to have the Liberty-George parking garage demolished by June 21, according to a notice posted on the official city Facebook page Monday.
“While some of the preliminary work has begun, the major demolition will start the week of April 1,” said officials.
Because of the work planned, parking on Gigliotti Avenue and Boardman Lane will be suspended beginning “on or about March 26,” the notice added.
Alternative public parking will be available in the following locations:
- City Hall parking lot on West Liberty Street
- Saint Mary’s Church parking lot on West Liberty Street
- Rear parking lot at Redeemer Church on West Liberty Street
- Parking spots along West Dominick Street
- The parking lot on the Erie Boulevard West access road, south of West Dominick Street
“The hard surface on Gigliotti Avenue between the curb and the West Dominick Street facing building will not be available for parking at any time,” officials added.
When demolition is complete, the area will be paved over for use as a parking lot and will have “landscaping features.”
The long-term vision for the site includes apartment housing with dedicated public parking onsite, City Hall has said.
The demolition project is one of the first and most visible of Rome’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) projects, paid for through a $10 million state grant. Under the terms of the city’s DRI award, Rome can spend $1.5 million on the demolition and related services.
The Board of Estimate and Contract inked a $1,013,143 deal with Bronze Contracting of Remsen for the demolition on March 14, and previously signed a $132,900 design services contract with Delta Engineers of Vernon for the project.
The garage has been deemed structurally unsound and unfit for reuse.
The garage has had known issues for years. As recently as 2017, drivers have written to the Sentinel — and no doubt to City Hall — complaining of falling debris that damages vehicles and threatens safety.
Built in 1975 during Rome’s much maligned Urban Renewal project, the garage presented headaches for City Hall from the beginning.
Archival Sentinel reports claim that a teamster strike that summer delayed construction, pushing back the original October completion date to November. Even after a month after its opening, the Valentine Administration urged patience as delays in the delivery of an elevator frustrated motorists.
To read City Hall’s full statement, and to view a map of alternative Downtown parking spaces, visit the City of Rome Facebook page.