Ongoing DRI-Funded Projects

In July 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced 11 transformational projects that were awarded funding as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. These projects were selected as strategic investments that will drive advanced manufacturing growth, transform public spaces, improve walkability and transportation access. “The City of Rome is on the cusp of transformation, and these critical resources will help the community grow and prosper for generations to come,” Governor Cuomo said. “These projects will build on our progress and help usher in a new era of technology and advanced manufacturing to drive growth and economic energy throughout the Mohawk Valley.” The revitalization of Rome has begun! See below to learn more about the exciting DRI-funded projects that are currently underway!

REMOTE ESCAPES
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PROJECT DETAILS

This project includes improvements to the existing City Hall green space to enhance four-season programming and special events in the heart of downtown. Highlights of the projects include:

  • Creating a formalized concert stage for spring and summer events

  • Installation of a winter ice skating rink

  • Flexible programming areas for special events and themed activities

  • Temporary vendor support such as food trucks as deemed necessary

The improvements and enhancements to the green space are intended to provide community-related seasonal activities and supporting infrastructure. Some supporting structures and apparatus may be permanent or semi-permanent such as the ice skating rink, stage, lighting, festival tents and their accessories. As a long-term programing element the ice skating rink will be set up and torn down each season for storage and has a life cycle expectancy of twenty years or more.

Total Project Cost: $450,000

DRI Award: $400,000

CITY GREEN
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PROJECT DETAILS

This project includes an addition to the City Hall Building, filling in the existing open air segment and creating an expanded publicly accessible space on the side fronting City Green to provide additional community programming. The addition will include a new one-story infill structure and walls to create a safe and secure access point to the building while providing four-season programming space and ADA accessible public restrooms.

Total Project Cost: $2,880,000

DRI Award: $1,280,000

CITY HALL EXPANSION
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PROJECT DETAILS
The Liberty James Garage is the main parking facility for Fort Stanwix National Monument and the primary public parking structure in downtown Rome. This project entails major aesthetic and operational improvements to the existing parking garage owned and operated by the City of Rome. Today, the garage is limited in its capacity to serve the parking needs of downtown residents and visitors as it is regularly closed in the evening and on weekends. DRI funds will be used to rehabilitate an existing walkway, replace storefront glazing and repair brick, add wayfinding signage, repair garage infrastructure, install an automated ticketing system, and re-face the façade. Modernization will allow for 24/7 access to the garage.

Total Project Cost: $2,300,000

DRI Award: $1,350,000

LIBERTY / JAMES GARAGE
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PROJECT DETAILS

The Liberty George Parking Garage is a 40-year-old parking structure that sits on a strategically and highly visible 2+ acre site in the downtown core of the City. The City completed a structural analysis of the garage that concluded that the structure is unfit for reuse. It will be demolished and replaced by a landscaped surface parking lot and open space on the site until a developer can be secured. The city will issue a request for proposal to develop the site.

Total Project Cost: $1,800,000

DRI Award: $1,500,000

LIBERTY / GEORGE REDEVELOPMENT
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PROJECT DETAILS

Redevelopment of a vacant property at a central location in the downtown for mixed uses. A new structure at 183 West Dominick Street will meet a demand for high-quality commercial and multi-family residential space, and will fill a visible gap in the commercial corridor directly across from the City Green.

Total Project Cost: $3,400,000

DRI Award: $500,000

183 W. DOMINIK STREET MIXED USE
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PROJECT DETAILS

Renovate the REACH Center at 201-211 West Dominick Street to provide 28,000 sq. ft. of collaborative creative arts space on the upper floor, and 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible rental maker space on the ground floor. Additional REACH programming will enable local artists to produce and exhibit their work while providing on the job training for creative entrepreneurs.

Total Project Cost: $525,000

DRI Award: $250,000

THE REACH CENTER
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PROJECT DETAILS

The Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (CENTRO) is the public transportation provider for Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, and Oneida counties, which includes the cities of Syracuse, Oswego, Fulton, Auburn, Rome, and Utica. CENTRO’s mission is to be responsive to the transportation needs of the Central New York community by providing services which are safe, convenient, reliable, and environmentally responsible with a goal of maximizing the taxpayers’ return on investment. This project include design and construction of a new CENTRO Transfer Station, as well as surrounding site improvements to promote sustainability through multimodal transit adjacent to the City Hall parking lot on Liberty Street. The center will include a climate-controlled enclosure with a ticket kiosk, waiting area, and office. A heated sidewalk will surround the structure; bicycle storage will be provided; and attractive landscape will be installed. The project will provide connectivity with the pedestrian-oriented downtown.

Total Project Cost: $450,000

DRI Award: $400,000

DOWNTOWN CENTRO TRANSPORTATION CENTER
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PROJECT DETAILS

Implement a wayfinding system to move residents and visitors through the downtown core in an active and engaging way. A variety of signs will be created based on a unified design and placemaking strategy that outlines standards for signage based on location, type, and intended user. Once implemented, the Downtown and Waterfront Wayfinding Strategy (created through the Downtown BOA) will improve navigation, improve overall aesthetics of the streetscape, and create dynamic and vibrant downtown and waterfront districts.

Total Project Cost: $180,000

DRI Award: $150,000

DOWNTOWN WAYFINDING
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PROJECT DETAILS

Construct an advanced manufacturing facility to meet the expansion needs of an existing Rome business currently located outside of the downtown. The 50,000-sqft. facility will be located on the former Rome Cable Complex 3 brownfield site. The new facility will house a more efficient industrial layout, add at least one additional manufacturing line, and double warehousing and distribution capacity.

Total Project Cost: $4,720,000

DRI Award: $900,000

PROJECT BLUE CRAB