The group bought two former eyesores on North James Street in 2010, and since then, they have newly renovated and sold one building. They are now in the process of redeveloping the building next door.
"We're able to preserve those sales tax dollars in Rome, we're able to preserve a business, and we're able to go on our way of developing a block of businesses and maintaining the integrity and the historical character of Rome rather than tearing down 2 buildings from 1875," says Joe Ferlo, Rome Main Streets Alliance President.
And Ferlo says renovating vacant properties in order to put them back on the tax roll generates tremendous revenue for Rome. He said the property sold in early December will bring about $6,500 dollars to the city in 2013.