DDA Director Ann Arnold said the estimated budget for the entire project is $20,000. Last month, the Rome Historic Preservation Commission gave its blessing to the project that will include removal of the stucco paneling on the exterior of the building. The masonry facade will be repointed and repainted, though the color is expected to remain very near to the existing mustard tone.
Norton, who lives in North Carolina, has been trying to sell the building for months.
Arnold updated the DDA Board of Directors about a couple of major projects that will change the face of Broad Street.
The three buildings at 300, 306 and 308 Broad St. will be demolished beginning in July. Ira Levy plans to salvage as much of the brick as he can to be used in the retail and residential complex Levy ultimately wants to construct on the site.
In the short term the lot left after the demolition at Third Avenue and Broad will be used for parking.
Arnold also said the DDA has received approval from the Building Inspection office to delay some of the cleanup at the corner of Second Avenue and Broad. Arnold hopes to replant some of the trees and shrubbery from the lot at 121 Broad St. in other locations across the downtown district.
“I’ve done an inventory of what we can use,” Arnold said. “It’s just really bad timing season-wise as far as trying to move some trees and plants.”
Some of the plants may even be used in the landscaping for the new parking lot at Third and Broad.
Arnold also reported that Streetscape sidewalk repairs in the 300 and 400 blocks of Broad Street could be under way in August. Funding for the $252,469 sidewalk work was included in the city’s 2011 Community Development Block Grant program.