Rome commission to hear bit to rezone property near Clocktower to allow more residential use. Developer cites growing downtown appeal.

Rome commission to hear bit to rezone property near Clocktower to allow more residential use. Developer cites growing downtown appeal.

Look close to the bottom center of the red lines outlining the Clocktower Corners property to see the actual shadow of Rome’s signature landmark. Richard Franklin seeks a zoning change to return a handful of properties to residential use. City of Rome map.

 

Richard Franklin and Clocktower Corners LLC have assembled buildings off the busier paths of downtown Rome with the idea of converting the one-time homes turned offices back into residential use. To do so, they’ll need a favorable vote from the City Commission at Monday’s meeting (6:30 p.m.) The switch has been blessed by the Planning Commission.

Technically, it would switch zoning from neighborhood office commercial and office institutional to urban mixed use. The properties in play are to 412 E. Second St.; 411, 409 and 412 E. First St; and 102, 104, 106 and 108 E. Fifth Ave.  A more defined outline of what Franklin wants to do appears below (from the commission agenda package; click here for a specific link to the Franklin proposal).

What’s key: It takes into account what we’ve been hearing from local Realtors — that the overall appeal of downtown Rome has spread beyond Broad Street and eventually could incorporate other neighborhoods to the south of east.

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