School board to hold session Sunday on property

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The Rome City School District Board of Education will meet on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. via zoom, according to an announcement by district officials. The agenda will include an executive session only, the announcement said, to discuss legal matters and other issues “pertaining to the acquisition, sale, or lease of school district property.”

Although the announcement did not mention any specific property, earlier this summer the board approved a motion to extend the expiration of the standing purchase agreement for the Fort Stanwix School property into September. At the time, district officials said the extension was necessary as attorney handling the sale on behalf of the district has been on vacation much of the summer, creating challenges around communication that will resolve upon his return.

In March 2020, the district approved a purchase contract for the sale of the former Fort Stanwix school site at 110-112 W. Linden St. for $525,000. CDS Life Transitions of Webster offered to buy the property, and a CDS official said in March it plans to convert the site into an apartment facility for seniors.

In June 2020, school district voters approved a proposition calling for the sale of the former Fort Stanwix school building and grounds at a price of $525,000.

The Rochester-area not-for-profit agency’s plans for the former school have involved developing the property similar to its senior living affordable housing facilities in Rochester, Cicero, and Elmira, a CDS official said in March 2020. A group of residents of the neighborhood around the site have been critical of the sale, citing concerns with zoning as well as need for such housing in the community.

Included on the Fort Stanwix school property is an approximately 568,732-square-foot building on an approximately 3.1-acre parcel.

Fort Stanwix Elementary School closed as a regular elementary school in 2009, and after that it had some usage including by students from other Rome district schools temporarily closed for renovations, most recently in the 2017-18 school year. It was originally constructed in 1920, with some subsequent additions.

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