City seeks grant for ‘mural building’
ROME — The city will hold a public hearing regarding an Empire State Development Corporation RESTORE NY grant application for the Gen. Peter Gansevoort mural property, at 233 W. Dominick St., at noon Thursday, Sept. 22, in Common Council Chambers of City Hall.
City Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development Matthew Andrews said public comments will be recorded during the hearing, and community feedback regarding the grant application and possible uses for the property are encouraged.
The 4-story building, including basement, was foreclosed upon for non-payment of taxes on the property for more than a 3-year period. The Real Property Committee has placed 233 W. Dominick St. onto a “special projects list,” Andrews explained, and the purpose for holding the public hearing is to meet criteria needed for the grant application.
Andrews said the New York State Empire State Development Corporation RESTORE NY grant application ranges from $1-2 million to revitalize a long-time vacant building downtown. The project includes 10,080 square-feet of commercial and storage space that is intended to be renovated and redeveloped into mix-use — commercial and residential.
The intention of the city is to facilitate the RFP (Request for Proposal) to distribute to potential developers, including local and state firms.
“The city is undertaking a building conditions assessment and LaBella Associates firm (of Rochester) is taking on that work so we’ll have a structural and environmental assessment of the building, which is part of the development of the RFP,” said Andrews. “The intent is to try and collect information on potential unknowns at the site and build those (costs) into the grant application.”
Legislation requesting that the city apply for RESTORE NY funds will go before the Common Council later this month.
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