Work begins on W. Dominick Art Plaza

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The city is getting to work on the West Dominick Street Art Plaza this week — the Board of Estimate and Contact is expected to approve a $12,800 contract increase for the project this week, and workers this morning removed a monument already on the site.

Plans for the project called for the monument’s relocation, but city officials could not be reached this morning to dicuss its final destination.

The board, comprised of Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo, Common Council President Stephanie Viscelli, and several of the mayor’s department heads, meets Thursday morning at 8:30 in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.

The board is slated to approve an increase on the project contract with CLA Site of Saratoga Springs. Officials originally signed with CLA for the Art Plaza project last March for $30,000, and increased the contract by $25,420 in December.

If the new change order meets board approval, the contract total will reach $68,220.

The Art Plaza will go on West Dominick Street’s south side, between Madison and George streets, just east of the Sentinel building. Workers removed this morning the stone monument on the site commemorating the city’s role as the “great carrying place” between the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, a vital portage spot on ancient water routes from Manhattan to the Great Lakes.

The plaza will keep that theme, according to documents authorizing bids for the project approved by the board last month. The advertisement says the plaza will “include the installation of new concrete sidewalks with a granite inlayed map (of the region’s waterways), landscaping, installation of a seat wall, lighting, and site upgrades such as benches.”

Though the project is “part of the overall revitalization of the Downtown Rome area,” the project will not see any DRI money. According to the bid advertisement, the plaza will be funded through the state Environmental Facilities Corporation and through the city’s federal Community Development Block Grant award.

In addition to the inlayed sidewalk map, plans prepared by CLA for the city call for public benches modeled to look like small boats and several sculptures based on the carrying place theme.

Plans also call for a new public stairway leading to the county parking lot below, and for heated pavement for snow removal. There appear to be plans for new landscaping while preserving some vegetation already onsite.

The new contract expenses for the project that the board will vote on Thursday are for electrical engineering services, engineering services for the small retaining wall in the parking lot, and for drainage at the site.

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