City approves Centro lease for new bus shelter

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A five-year lease agreement between Centro and the city for the new bus shelter constructed at 207 West Liberty St. has been approved at city government meetings this week.

The agreement allows “one option to renew for up to two periods of five years each, and shall become effective upon execution,” reads a city document.

Construction of the new shelter was made possible from part of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant received from the state.

The project was put out to bid and the final price tag after construction ended up being a little over $400,000 which included sidewalk work around the building, according to city officials.

Despite the approval of the lease agreement, city officials said that Centro is still ironing out a COVID-19 disinfection plan before it can be opened to public use. “I hope they will go the extra mile to make sure the facility is open,” said third ward councilor Kimberly Rogers, who added she doesn’t want another winter to go by with people not being able to use the shelter.

The next scheduled Rome Common Council meeting is set for Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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