A variance requested for a Sleep Inn hotel proposed at 1701 Martha Berry Blvd. at Charlton Street goes before Rome’s Board of Adjustments at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the Sam King Room at city hall.
Expect a contingent from the nearby Summerville Park neighborhood to be on hand.
What to know: A site plan has been submitted for the hotel, featuring 52 rooms. The venue also has the proper zoning — Community Commercial, which allows for a hotel. At issue is a variance sought by the developers to avoid installing a sidewalk along their portion of Charlton Street.
Local reaction: Summerville Park residents are circulating emails about the meeting; they’re being urged to attend to let the city know their feelings about a hotel planned on the former home of Jack’s Auto. The email says that site and a “dilapidated brown house at the end of the road” would go to make way for the hotel.
Writes Eric McDowell of the homeowners association:
“Keep in mind that issue coming before the Board of Adjustments is about the sidewalk variance. It is not directly about the construction of the hotel. However, I suspect that a large crowd of unhappy neighbors would do much to send a message to the buyers and to our city that we are collectively opposed to this proposal. Perhaps such a display would carry sufficient weight to give pause to the deal. It would certainly provide front page embarrassment to the buyers and to the hotel brand.”
The nearest Sleep Inn is at LakePoint in Emerson.