Demolition in full swing at former Rome Cable site

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This week, demolition and remediation efforts continued at the former Rome Cable site off of Erie Boulevard to make way for improvement and business development at the long-vacant site.

Workers estimate all of the structures and rubbish to be knocked down, remediated and removed from the site by June or July. All the metal extracted from the tear-down is being recycled and anything not recyclable is being taken to the landfill in Ava, workers there said.

At an early December Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area project meeting, Matthew Andrews, the city’s community and economic development deputy director confirmed that work on the brownfield remediation was underway using a $1 million Superfund grant previously secured.

The work at the former Rome Cable site is part of the larger, Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) project, a roughly 575-acre area which includes land along the Erie Canal and sits adjacent to a Downtown Rome BOA project completed in 2018.

According to Daily Sentinel archives, the Rome Cable site sat vacant for over 10 years, and was tapped for remediation funding for being classified as having public and environmental health concerns due to the presence of asbestos-impacted debris, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), abandoned fuel storage tanks, impacted wood block flooring and other wastes, the state Department of Environmental Conservation noted. 

At her swearing in last week, Rome mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo pointed to work by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to demolish and remediate the site noting it, “will allow the city to establish a new industrial park on a site that for years has sat in ruin.”

As previously reported by the Daily Sentinel, the remediation is separate from work already done elsewhere on the Rome Cable grounds. Cold Point Corp., currently located on Success Drive in west Rome’s industrial park, will relocate to a portion of the former Rome Cable complex that has been remediated. 

On the land currently being worked on, the city envisions a small industrial park.

Further, the iconic Rome Cable tower will remain. City officials have said previously that there are ideas floating around that would possibly see the tower turned into a sort of landmark with lighting.

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