Residents meet to air concerns on future of former school

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At an East Linden Street community meeting Wednesday night, a few dozen area residents met to discuss concerns surrounding development of the former Fort Stanwix Elementary School at 110 Linden St.

In recent months, the project has been moving through the process of site approvals.

The former school building is on track to be converted into an apartment facility for seniors by a Rochester-area not-for-profit agency that is buying the 110-112 W. Linden St. site from the Rome school district, according to Daily Sentinel archives. CDS Life Transitions, of Webster, hopes to develop the 60,000-square-foot building into roughly 50 units similar to already existing affordable housing facilities in Rochester, Cicero, and Elmira.

Attorney Tim Benedict said he is representing a neighbor to the structure in the filing of an Article 78 petition that, “allows the court to review whether the (project approval) process was done correctly.”

Benedict said that the argument largely centers on the lack of community input sought for the project. A court date for the matter is scheduled for mid-October, Benedict said. Reaction from Rome’s Corporation Counsel was not available in time for this report.

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