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Rome eye care center breaks ground on new $1.3M facility

The Eye Care Center of Rome has broken ground on a new 6,000-square-foot location set to open around spring 2020, developers announced Tuesday.

The business will relocate to the new facility, which will be at 1320 Floyd Ave. The property was purchased in 2018 from Griffiss Local Development Corporation, developers said.

Dr. David Vinci, optometrist and owner of Eye Care Center, said the $1.3 million facility will have 4,000 square feet for personalized vision care services and products along with 2,000 square feet available for lease.

“We need larger space, and we are in the process of adding a third optometrist to our practice because the size of the new facility will allow us to better serve the community and add to our efficiency,” Vinci said in a statement. “Our patients continue to be extremely cooperative and understanding during this transitional period of growth.”

Vinci broke ground on the facility alongside representatives from the Rome Chamber of Commerce; contractor Christopher Pisanti, president of Construction, Design and Management Inc. of Cicero; and Dean Shlotzhauer, AVP commercial banking officer with Community Bank N.A. of Rome.

Eye Care Center of Rome offers services such as eye disease management, LASIK consultations, contact lens fittings and emergency care.

“We are very pleased that Dr. David Vinci, has chosen not only to practice optometry in his hometown, but he is joining other small business owners to reinvest in our city,” Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo said in a statement. “The former Griffiss Air Force Base has become the region’s premier Business and Technology Park with diversified employment opportunities including the growing healthcare sector. Dr. Vinci’s new office building further expands the footprint of the Park joining it into the city’s Floyd Avenue development corridor. This area will see continued business growth over the next several years, and we thank Dr. Vinci for his commitment to our future economic growth.”