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Site plan tabled as board awaits SHPO report

Nicole A. Hawley
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Posted 1/12/23

A site plan review request for Liberty Restaurants Development to construct a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant at 526 Erie Blvd. W. was tabled Tuesday.

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Site plan tabled as board awaits SHPO report

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ROME — A site plan review request for Liberty Restaurants Development to construct a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant at 526 Erie Blvd. W. was tabled Tuesday by the city Planning Board as developers await final review of the property by the State Historic Preservation Office.

According to the site plan application reviewed during the board’s regular monthly meeting at City Hall, Liberty Restaurants, of Bellrose, N.Y., plans to construct a 2,532-square foot fast food restaurant with a double drive-thru, bypass and 21 parking spaces on the 1.09-acre property now occupied by the former Legend’s and OTB.

Rome Historical Society Executive Director Arthur L. Simmons III asked that Planning Board members consider the historic significance of the area and take proper measures and precautions before construction begins. Simmons also expressed concern that the development was not under the board’s agenda as a “historic district review.”

Simmons said according to the city engineering map, the boulevard property is the approximate location of Fort Newport, Federal Arsenal Site, the Western Inland Lock and Navigation Company’s Rome Canal, the enlarged Erie Canal and the original Wood Creek channel. He also noted the marked location of a burial just west of the project site. It is unknown if this grave was moved during the construction of Erie Boulevard, Simmons added.

RHS Board of Trustees member Bobbie O’Brien then asked for the board to table the site plan review until testing and examination of the area by SHPO was completed.

City Planner Garret Wyckoff noted that a building less than 4,000 square-feet doesn’t require a Site Environmental Quality Review determination to proceed, but that the applicant requested a SHPO evaluation of the property “out of abundance of caution.”

The Planning Board then unanimously voted to table the site plan until archaeological testing was conducted and results were received.

In other business:

• A negative declaration was declared on the SEQR and the site plan review, on conditions, were unanimously approved for Michael Cline and his proposal for construction/site work to formalize 61 bus parking spaces and 31 employee parking spaces across a 3.2 acre site at 6692, 6696 and 6700 Martin St.

According to the Planning Board application, Cline is proposing to use the three adjacent lots to support FirstStudent’s school bus operations for Rome City School District.

Wyckoff noted that Cline would be required to meet before the city Zoning Board of Appeals for two variance requests: one for use of gravel for portions of the parking lot; and a variance to pave across lot lines because according to City Code, paving must stop 3 feet before the property boundary.

The Planning Board then unanimously voted to approve a negative declaration on the project SEQR and site plan review, on the condition Cline seek two variances with the city Zoning Board.

• A SEQR and site plan review for A&L Storage, Inc. for the construction of approximately 18,000 square-feet of self-storage units on a 2.16 acre site on Bateaux Place were tabled until the 30-day window closes on the SEQR.

• A SEQR and site plan review were also tabled for Kris Tech Wire to construct an approximate 65,000 square-foot warehouse addition to an existing manufacturing facility located at 80 Otis St.

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