If there was a dominant theme this past week at Hometown Headlines (other than the return of high school football), it was fielding phone calls, texts and emails all starting with “Hey, what are they building at ….?” As firm believers that three or more such questions qualifies as a trend, we have expanded answers to share today:
River’s Edge Social, Glenn Milner, Rome: Lots of folks remember what Richard Marcus did with River’s Edge tavern on First Street a block off Broad Street more than 15 years ago. Marcus has dabbled in other endeavors since then and, about a year ago after helming a Facebook tribute page to the old bar, decided to try a different spin: River’s Edge Social. In recent weeks, Marcus and friends have opened the club, serving beer and wine, and offering games both indoor and outdoors. Current hours are from 5 p.m. until whatever Thursday, Friday and Saturday, says Marcus, adding that a menu will be added soon. River’s Edge is somewhat similar to what Mike and Connie Sams are doing with River Dog Outpost off Broad Street in the Cotton Block but with a few twists. For updates on River’s Edge, please click Facebook.
Lumina Coffee Shop, the Bypass and Braves Boulevard/Armuchee Connector: Groundwork continues on Rome’s next coffee shop, Lumina, at the entrance to State Mutual Stadium and the Armuchee Connector. Mike Scheiffer and is son, Matt, hope to open the shop each Monday through Saturday by early February. The shop will seat 65 inside and another 24 outside with hours 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. They will be hiring some 25 to 50 people.
Urgent/immediate care clinic, Shorter Avenue at Division Street. Or as one caller asked, “what’s that going in across from Krystal?” The answer is: Tentatively called “Rome Urgent Care,” blueprints at the Rome-Floyd Planning Department for the project proposed by Omkar Development out of Bogart call for 5,000 square feet under roof in Northeast Georgia. Included: Six exam rooms, two procedure rooms, x-ray and lab rooms, a doctors/nurses station and an 847-square-foot lobby area as well as restrooms, breakroom and other building requirements (electrical, storage and biohazard). Brooks Building Group has the project and we have calls into them as well. Project cost: Just under $800,000.\
Peachtree Immediate Care, Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville: The former home of Los Reyes restaurant in Cartersville is being transformed into one of more than 25 walk-in care centers Peachtree has in the metro region in partnership with Emory. There’s room also for a second office. This is one of the pieces in a major strip of redevelopment in Cartersville that has welcomed Pet Smart, the return of Ross, the soon-to-open Discount Tire and an all-new, all different Chick-fil-A.
New outpatient center at WellStar Acworth Health Park, U.S. 41, at the Bartow/Cobb border: The six-year-old health park is growing again. This from Facebook: “We’re excited to announce the groundbreaking of a new Outpatient Surgery Center at WellStar Acworth Health Park in July! The one-level, 25,000-square-foot Outpatient Surgery Center will include 15 private prep/recovery rooms, three operating room suites and three procedure rooms with space for future expansion. The center will also provide onsite pathology and pharmacy support. A patient discharge and pick-up area will be separate from the health park’s main entrance for privacy and convenience. Outpatient surgical procedures include general surgery, non-cosmetic breast surgery, colorectal surgery, gynecology, urology, podiatry, urogynecology, ENT, orthopedics and interventional spine pain management.”