If you use building permits as a source for the temperature of the local economy (and we do), suffice it to say things are looking good. A glance as some of the major permits listed for the past five weeks include:
Pick-o-Deli, 1403 Dean Ave., Rome. James P. Turner has talked for several years about building a new cafeteria behind the old one; it looks like it is finally on the way. A $1 million permit has been issued.
Walmarts, East and West Rome: We’ve talked before with corporate officials about the remodeling/enhancement projects and now they’re well under way. At 2510 Redmond Road, the price tag is just under $1.3 million. In East Rome off U.S. 411, the value is set just south of $1.5 million. Please see our earlier story for more. This doesn’t count the upgrade to the Murphy USA pumps outside the East Rome Walmart.
Rome Tennis Center at Berry College: A permit for the indoor tennis courts has been cut; estimated price $3.7 million. Once completed, it will house six indoor courts. The SPLOST-funded tennis center turns three years old next month. On the way: An adjoining hotel from Berry College.
Four more town houses at Hoyt Hill by the River, valued at $255,000 to $300,000. It is a townhouse community under development on West First Street. On the way: three- and four-bedroom units. For more on the development, call Leslie Pearson at 706-506-2986 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 cottages at The Spires at Berry College, mostly in the $200,000-plus permit range for a total of $3.37 million. Of that total, all but three have been reserved. See our latest update.
Taco Bell grows again, this time in Resaca in Gordon County: Bids are sought by noon June 27 on a smaller Taco Bell (less than 5,000 square feet) that backs up to I-75 and fronts U.S. 41.
In case you missed it (we did): The Speedway store and cafe at Ga. 20 and U.S. 411 in Cartersville is open around the clock. The latest play in the rush to open mega convenience stores in Northwest Georgia, Speedway marks is one-month anniversary this weekend.