Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA)

In 2004, the City of Rome adopted a city-wide Comprehensive Plan that provided a vision and clarity on key projects and goals that the City would set forth to implement. Since the plan's adoption, the City has experienced a large increase in reinvestment and revitalization projects, both public and private, within the waterfront and downtown business districts, which has been primarily focused in and around the Downtown Rome Brownfield Opportunity Area. (Click here to learn more about the New York State BOA Program).

 

The Erie Boulevard Corridor BOA study will keep the positive momentum of master planning, project implementation, and neighborhood revitalization flowing, centering on the former Rome Cable Site  and the Erie Boulevard Corridor, outlined in the map depicted.

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Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area Boundary Map

Uniquely situated within the City of Rome, the Erie Boulevard BOA Corridor encompasses a major transportation corridor, as well as Canal front lands, residential development and the City’s growing arts and cultural district. The study area has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. Once a thriving industrial hub and job center, the City has seen many industries move away, leaving dormant and underutilized parcels in its wake.

 

Building on opportunities and mitigating challenges, the BOA planning process allowed the community to take advantage of the study area’s assets, extending from the Erie Canal to established residential neighborhoods and industrial nodes. Our work was evaluated and built upon the vision and recommendations identified in the Step 1 process to develop realistic redevelopment scenarios for key sites and target areas.

This study is a continuation of the on-going Downtown Rome Step 2/3 BOA project. 
The study focuses on the emerging West Dominick Street Arts and Cultural District, with special attention on the potential reuse and relocation of the three-story parking structure that included a public transportation terminal in its bottom level and two strategic infill sites.

      Hover over the Final BOA Report & Appendix to learn more and read the full report.

Public Engagement

Public Meeting #1: March 20, 2017

Public Meeting Number 1 was held on March 20, 2017 to provide an opportunity for community members to learn about the BOA project and provide feedback. Participants were asked to use voting board to provide input on revitalization improvements including waterfront projects, complete streets and wayfinding at this kickoff meeting.

Public Meeting #2: October 18, 2017

Public Meeting Number 2 was held on October 18, 2017, and was a joint meeting to discuss revitalization efforts in the City of Rome. Since the Rome DRI, Downtown Rome BOA, and Erie Boulevard BOA projects were simultaneously on-going, this public event invited the community to provide input on types of revitalization projects they would like to see using interactive stations.

Public Meeting #3: December 9, 2019

Public Meeting Number 3 was held on December 9, 2019. This workshop consisted of numerous educational and interactive boards geared toward obtaining input from people on the proposed projects included in the Draft Master Revitalization Plan.