Rome to spend ARPA money to demolish parking garage

Rome’s Common Council voted unanimously Wednesday to use almost $3.5 million in American Restoration Plan Act (ARPA) funding to demolish the James Street Parking Garage and replace it with a surface lot with greenspace.  

Using ARPA funds to demolish the parking garage was one of the ideas talked about in March by the Common Council’s ARPA Committee, a group established to help influence where the city will spend the almost $25 million in ARPA funding it received earlier this year. 

The ARPA funding will be added to the $1,046,000 in Downtown Revitalization Funding (DRI) the city already has allocated for the demolition of the garage. This brings the project’s total to $4.5 million. 

At the March ARPA Committee meeting, there were three possible scenarios for ARPA funding use: 

  • Fixing the garage, which would have a roughly $8 million price tag. 
  • Demolishing the garage and keeping a ground level only parking area, which would cost about $1.2 million. 
  • Tearing down the garage and installing a single-floor garage, which would cost around $8 million. 

Rome Common Council President Stephanie Viscelli said the city chose to demolish the current garage and provide a surface parking area, with green space. 

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