GE Transfers 123 Acres in West Rome to City
By Public Information & Marketing Coordinator
After working together for a number of years to prepare a portion of the former General Electric (GE) Medium Transformer facility to be donated to the City of Rome for public use, the City and GE have finalized an agreement that transfers ownership of 123 acres in West Rome.
“The city is grateful to GE for its donation,” said Rome Mayor Jamie Doss. “Be assured we will put the land to good use in West Rome. There has been discussion about how the Rome public could most benefit from this diverse acreage, which has forests and open fields ideal for recreation. We are looking to utilize the land predominantly for recreational use, with some commercial outparcel opportunities,” he said.
A variety of uses have been discussed for the property, from recreational activities such as walking trails, biking facilities, picnic areas and ball fields, to commercial development.
The donated land borders Redmond Circle and Lavender Drive. It was never used for manufacturing. It has been extensively investigated, with over 7100 soil samples collected. In 2000, some soils that had low levels of PCBs (related to storm water runoff) were removed from a drainage ditch that crosses the property. Subsequent investigations and reports concluded the land is suitable for development, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division approved both industrial/commercial and recreational use of the land.
Some restrictions will be placed on land use, such as not allowing groundwater pumping or deep excavation, to ensure that the property remains suitable for development and future use.
“This transfer of property to the city of Rome is a continuation of GE’s commitment to the Rome/Floyd County community,” said Cody Platt, GE site manager and a resident of Floyd County. “GE has worked diligently over the years to address environmental conditions related to the site and to prepare the non-manufacturing property for re-use by the city, beginning with my predecessor, Richard Lester. This is a great day and makes all of our hard work well worth the effort,” he said.
An environmental covenant enables the city to take ownership of the property without having to assume the environmental regulatory requirements associated with GE’s permit.
GE will continue to collect groundwater samples from wells on the property to monitor groundwater quality as required by its permit.
More than 15 years of groundwater testing have shown that groundwater beneath the undeveloped property meets stringent water quality standards. Nevertheless, GE will retain responsibility for groundwater quality beneath the undeveloped property for any impacts related to GE’s historic manufacturing operations.
For more information regarding the City’s plans for the property, please contact city manager, Sammy Rich at 706-236-4402.
For more information regarding GE’s continuing work in Rome, please contact Cody Platt at 706-291-3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.