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.