Historic Building Preservation

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Hoffman Development of Albany, New York is planning to demolish the former West Rome School, a historic building at 1315 Erie Boulevard West, in Rome, New York. They plan to build a car wash on the site. The building was built in 1936 and has significant historic and architectural significance to the community. The school was designed by a noted architect who was a native Roman and Graduate of Syracuse University. The West Rome School is unique in that it is one of very few buildings constructed of granite in this area of New York.
  There are several other sites in this area available as more appropriate alternatives for the company to locate their car wash, that would not cause irreversible harm to the character of the community, but Hoffman Development is unwilling to consider them. There are also issues with the site plan submitted by Hoffman related to wash water runoff from the car wash, surface water drainage, and inadequate space for a fire lane. Our goal is to convince the City of Rome Planning Board of the inappropriateness of Hoffman Development’s project at this location, and to disapprove their plan to demolish this historic building to construct a car wash. We appreciate your support in this endeavor.