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Officials break ground on new eye center

While cold snow fell Tuesday on Floyd Avenue, officials said the area continues to be warm with developments.

Dr. David Vinci, owner of Eye Care Center of Rome, was joined in the morning by local dignitaries to ceremonially break ground on a new facility for his optometry practice located at 1320 Floyd Ave.

Construction on the 6,000-square-foot project – which city officials say is contributing to the Floyd Avenue area being a corridor of continued economic growth – began in mid-October and is expected to wrap up in the spring of 2020.

Once complete, his practice will relocate from a smaller office at 1300 Floyd Ave. (Vinci purchased the Eye Care Center of Rome there from Dr. Jerry Baker in 2011) to the new building, said Vinci as construction continued around him.

“This project expands the health care footprint in Rome. …It is a growth project and fills a need for eye care,” said Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo. “This area will see continued business growth over the next several years.”

The one-acre parcel of land hosting the project was purchased from the Griffiss Local Development Corporation in 2018.

“Our new facility is a $1.3 million project that will contain 4,000 square feet for personalized optometry services and vision care products,” Vinci said, “plus 2,000 square feet of space that will be available for lease.”

Vinci added he has been practicing in Rome for 15 years, and the larger building will allow him to offer more patient services.

The Eye Care Center of Rome specializes in full scope optometry care including: diabetic evaluations, eye disease management, LASIK consultations and emergency care.