The much anticipated project for the former school is kicking off now that it’s under new ownership. Today Mayor Jackie Izzo announced it will be a 60 unit apartment complex for families earning less than $37,500 a year.
“I can’t wait for that day to come, that’d be a blessing when that day comes when this is, the lawn is taken care of daily, people coming and going the right way.”
Nearby resident Frank DeCarlos says the abandoned building on 423 Ann St. in Rome caused the neighborhood to depreciate.
“We very much need this, the mayor’s doing a great job i mean the past mayor’s have tried working with the school but it’s been under a land lock and stuff like that. These people are really trying to get this area cleaned up and looking good.”
Vice President of DePaul Properties, Gillian Conde says while the building is part of important Rome history they weren’t able to salvage the inside and it will have to be demolished.
“Our goal is to provide new housing for people that live in the city. And we want to take a neighborhood that’s marginalized and rejuvenate it.”
The apartments would also provide full accessibility to the handicap, as well as having shuttle vans available for residents to go to doctor’s appointments, or running errands.
“So this will be giving a lot of attention to those mobility issues so that people have a very safe place to live that they can also afford. It’s a really important market.”
Mayor Izzo says the city of Rome has been doing much work along the canal and this will be one more project to add to the presence of the waterfront.
“We’ve spent a lot of money on our waterfront and this housing project in this area will transform this neighborhood. We haven’t been able to get a lot of traction down here with any new modern housing- this will really help.”
DePaul Properties say neighbors should expect to see the demolition process start next spring and see the project completed by 2020.