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Panel eyes plans for Orgill, lofts

Mac Bullock
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Posted 8/7/19

The city Planning Board will hear from hardware distribution firm Orgill, Inc. about its plans to build a $70 million warehouse on Griffiss. A public hearing on the matter …

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Panel eyes plans for Orgill, lofts

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The city Planning Board will hear from hardware distribution firm Orgill, Inc. about its plans to build a $70 million warehouse on Griffiss. A public hearing on the matter will also be held.

The 5-member volunteer body will convene on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Common Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.

The Tennessee-based company announced its plans for the 802,680 square foot warehouse and distribution center in June. The facility, which the company expects will create 225 new jobs, will include a parking lot, loading docks, landscaping and lighting at its planned 1 Atlas Drive location, according to the board’s agenda.

Orgill is asking the board to consider subdividing the Atlas Drive lot in two for the project. Before the board are a site plan review, a preliminary plan review, and a state-required review of the project’s environmental impact, in addition to the public hearing.

Also under board review are measures related to the Copper City Lofts housing project, which is intended to draw artists and other creatives to Rome’s downtown.

Funded in part through the city’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award, the $16.6 million complex would be built at the vacant lot at 163-187 West Dominick Street, just across from City Hall in the growing Arts District.

According to the board’s agenda, the 73,600 square foot complex will include five floors and a total of 50 units. Project developer Kearney Group has told the Common Council that most units will give preference to applicants engaged in some sort of artistic pursuit who make about 60 percent of the county’s median income.

Before the board are a site plan review and a review of the complex’s environmental impact.

Board members are also expected to act on measures related to the construction of a telecommunications tower at 4212 Oswego Road in the city’s outer district. The agenda calls for a public hearing on the project, as well as a site plan review and an environmental impact review.

Matters on P.J. Uvanni’s proposal to build a vehicular display lot at 5827 Rome-Taberg Road, which were tabled at the board’s July meeting, will be revisited.

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