Coming soon on North Fifth: Perhaps the most eye-opening project under way in the broad footprint of downtown Rome is at 229/231 N. Fifth Ave., most recently was home to Ehrlich Pest Control. Taking the facade down to the basics is drawing a lot of comments in an area of Fifth Avenue where we’ve seen some development of late (The Foundry Growler Shop, Yellow Dog, MakerVillage, etc.) Doc and Ginny Kibler have plans for the location and secured a $3,000 facade grant from Rome’s Downtown Development Authority board during the February meeting.
Hoyt Hill by the River, a town home development on West First Street, is getting noticed. Signage is up, the old structure is down and foundation work is well under way as this Monday morning photo shows. Leslie Hoyt Pearson, Realtor with Toles, Temple and Wright and granddaughter of Wade and Eleanor Hoyt (who last lived in the house), says we’ll see two three-bedroom units and two four-bedroom units in the first phase due by year end. Each will have a double-car garage and an outdoor covered living area. For more information on the development, call Leslie Pearson at 706-506-2986 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunflour Community Bakery closer by the day: Interior work continues at 500 Avenue A (tip of Fifth Avenue and Avenue A) on Sunflour Community Bakery. Sunny Shropshire Knauss already has a dedicated following on Facebook (271 likes and rising) and has made a name for selling her breads and treats at Swift & Finch, Over the Moon (Central Plaza) and Yellow Door Antiques. The new shop now has electricity and work continues on the outside as well. Knauss says the shop will open soon and she continues to bake for her customers with the traditional drop-off spots. Thom Holt has been busy pulling permits for this location and a few other properties in the emerging River District. We’ve got our eye on a building on West Third Street as well.
Red, white and blue: And while we’re downtown — and certainly not business — here’s a look at the new flagpole in action on Clocktower Hill. Great addition to the city’s dominant landmark — and neighborhood.