Business: Fifth Avenue medical offices up for auction Sept. 19; borders 2.66 acres ready for redevelopment.

Business: Fifth Avenue medical offices up for auction Sept. 19; borders 2.66 acres ready for redevelopment.

Above and below: Some of the properties and offices up for auction Sept. 19 located at 1013 N. Fifth Ave. in Rome. Hometown photos.

Two medical offices on North Fifth Avenue are up for auction Sept. 19, including spots that have been regular stops for area residents for years. With both doctors now retired, these two pieces of Ansley Park will be part of an overall larger auction conducted by Dempsey Auction on Sept. 19.

The offices are the latest spots available along the road connecting Turner McCall (Publix, AT&T) to Martha Berry (Enterprise car rental, across from Sumo).

The medical offices are part of the 10 a.m. auction of multiple holdings by Dempsey Auction Inc. The Dempsey website shows the auction taking place at Rome Civic Center and featuring residential building lots/development property, multifamily and single-family residential, rental property and developed lots. Lou Dempsey says the doctors and Realtor Craig McDaniel of Toles, Temple & Wright decided to try the auction as a means of selling the Fifth Avenue properties.

The site adjoins the one-time home of the Northwest Georgia Medical Clinic. The healthcare campus moved to 15 Riverbend Drive years ago and the old location burned in an overnight fire in recent years. Hardy Realty has the 2.66 cleared acres listed for $1.1 million. Jimmy Kelley has the listing and says it is within a TAD designation, creating tax credits for future development.

About the area: Redevelopment has been expected for years, at least since Hight Homes gave way to Charles Hight Square, home of Publix and other retailers. The grocery opened in October 2013, almost five years ago, and the shopping center itself is near capacity and has maintained its original tenants. While nearby Martha Berry has seen some rebirth — mostly fast food and Discount Tires — Fifth Avenue has been waiting. Some single-family residences and even a few since-closed businesses also have been removed while offices on streets connecting Martha Berry and Fifth Avenue have been updated and upgraded.

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