Stop commercial development of Burwell Creek Properties
  • Petitioned Mayor Evie McNeice

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Mayor, City Commissioner, Rome, Georgia
Mayor Evie McNeice
City Commissioner, Rome, Georgia
Howard E. "Buzz" Wachsteter
City Commissioner, Rome, Georgia
Bill Irmscher
City Commissioner, Rome, Georgia
Milton Slack
City Commissioner, Rome, Georgia
Sue Lee
City Commissioner, Rome, Georgia
Jamie Doss
City Commissioner, Rome, Georgia
Bill Collins
City Commissioner, Mayor Pro Tem, Rome, Georgia
Kim Canada
City Commissioner, Rome, Georgia
Detrick Redding

Stop commercial development of Burwell Creek Properties

    1. Petition by

      Coosa River Basin Initiative

BACKGROUND: In 2006, the Rome City Commission entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with local developers, Ledbetter Properties, to sell 80 acres of city-owned property adjacent to Riverside Parkway, Ridge Ferry Park, the City Duck Pond and Historic Jackson Hill for possible conversion to a 60-acre regional retail center called Citi Center. Prior to entering into this MOU, the City was considering other options for the property, including using it as part of a "Central Park" that would stretch from Ridge Ferry Park to Historic Jackson Hill, connecting the two areas via boardwalks through the extensive wetlands and floodplain of what is known as the Burwell Creek Property.

Now, plans call for:
● Filling nearly 50 acres of 100-year floodplain
● Destroying some four acres of wetlands and filling the Duck Pond
● Remediating an abandoned city landfill on the site by capping the landfill area

The development and filling of wetlands and floodplain is being justified by the existence of the city-owned landfill which contains some hazardous waste. However, tests conducted at the site show limited contamination--so limited that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency labels the site "No Further Remedial Action Planned" and has declined to sponsor the project as a "Brownfield" redevelopment. 

CRBI Recommendation: After studying development plans and all testing data for the landfill, CRBI believes that the best use of this property is for it to remain as a high-quality, functioning wetlands and floodplain and remain part of Romes plan to create a Central Park from the Oostanaula River to Jackson Hill. Sign this petition to
1. Save Romes Central Park
2. Protect wetland wildlife habitat
3. Protect water quality and
4. Preserve floodplain!

Your endorsement of the petition will be sent to the Mayor and City Council of Rome. Please sign and ask others to join the effort to protect our precious environment.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Reached 10 signatures
    3. The Facts about Burwell Creek

      Find out how the proposed Citi Center would affect your environment


    Reasons for signing

    • Marsha pledger ROME, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      We have enough strip malls,not enough wetlands. What planet are these commissioners from? Greed

    • Will Sanders SURABAYA, INDONESIA
      • about 1 year ago

      We need those wetlands.

    • Sheila Cox ROME, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      As a CRBI volunteer, I personally stood in Burwell Creek at two different locations every month for nearly two years to do water quality testing. I have spent the last ten years participating in clean-up efforts on the Oostanaula and the Etowah rivers. I have paddled every mile of each river, and I am deeply committed to these rivers. When I first moved to Rome, I remember a time when we were unable to drink the city water for nearly a week due to polution. CRBI has been the force of change for making the difference between those times and the current river water quality. As long as we are bringing the Bible into these rather heated discussions, let me quote Revelations: "Hurt not the earth, neither the sea nor the trees." We would all do well to remember that.

    • Susan Welch WOODSTOCK, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      Saving these wetlands is of utmost importance to me because I cherish all the waterways in GA, because this will affect me and my community and all of Georgia. I hope to be able to swim in the rivers of the Coosa River Basin one day and feel that the water I am drinking from these rivers is safe to drink for me and my children and grandchildren.

    • Stan Foxworthy CHARLESTON, SC
      • about 1 year ago

      The work that the CRBI does is one of reasons why we enjoyed our time living and investing in Rome. There are so many abandoned and unused properties that could and should be updated and re-purposed, that would indeed add more value to Rome (including adding jobs & tax base) than destroying another wetland. Please invest in the health of your community in a positive way, and not another "Greener Burger" type debacle!


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