Rome discontinues 2 streets to move Dewitt Clinton project forward – News – Uticaod

ROME — After no one showed up to speak at a public hearing, the Rome Common Council voted to authorize the discontinuance of portions of Day Avenue and East North Street.

The streets still are on the city’s tax maps but had not been in use for a long time, with Day Avenue actually sitting under the current school building, said Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo.

“At some point, whenever the city government relinquished control to the board of education, it’s most likely that they just transferred all the property and really didn’t clean up these paper streets,” Izzo said. “So the school is already constructed, but Day Avenue was still showing as a paper street underneath the building.”

The streets are by Ann Street and is part of a project at the site of the former Dewitt Clinton school.

The project in question is for the Dewitt Clinton Apartments, which is at 423 Ann St. It is planned to be a 60-unit, three-story apartment building aimed at those residents in the mid-market housing range, who may need an affordable place to live but don’t necessarily qualify for public assistance.

The ordinance to discontinue the two streets was tabled at the council’s June 28 meeting in order to conduct the public meeting, per the city’s charter.

The discontinuance is the latest in a number of steps the city has taken toward moving the project forward, but Izzo said the project probably won’t really begin until next year.

“Now that we’ve done the discontinuance, the DePaul people can come back and do a review with the Common Council and the planning board,” she said. “Hopefully, we will be ready for them to appear before the planning board at the August meeting. What we’re trying to do is keep the process moving.”

In the next step for getting the project started, the Rome Common Council will be having a public hearing Aug. 9 to discuss changing the zoning of a piece of property on Ann Street.

The zoning change would make that location a residential planned development district, which would be considered an overlay to the existing zoning regulations, which would encourage “new development not limited by the strict application of the code,” according to the ordinance before the council.

The public hearing will be at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Rome Common Council Chambers at City Hall.

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