A new Facebook group page from neighbors in Summerville Park has been created, focusing opposition to plans to build a 52-room Sleep Inn from Choice Hotels on ptoperty already zoned for such use.
Called Summerville Park Neighbors, the page includes the following:
“Choice Hotels has granted a franchise to a local developer who plans to build a Sleep Inn inside our neighborhood, on Charlton Street,” according to the page. “A hotel is a 24/7 business which will create lots of traffic congestion, noise and light pollution. Summerville Park was established in 1913, making it one of the oldest neighborhoods in Rome, Ga. As you can see from our photos and videos, we are a charming and peaceful neighborhood.
“Because of a “mistake” in zoning many years ago, the city cannot stop them from proceeding. Help us encourage them to do the right thing and move the proposed Sleep Inn to another location in Rome (there are many to choose from). As well, Summerville Park already has six other motels within a mile of the neighborhood which have deteriorated and bring crime to the area.”
More than 70 people had liked the page since its creation June 28.
Neighbors also have started a letter/email writing campaign to city commissioners, voicing their opposition to the project.
They likewise have been active and vocal in their stance against the hotel. On June 21, they packed a Board of Adjustments zoning hear as the hotel’s developer attempted to avoid building a required sidewalk down part of Charlton Street. During the hear in the City Commission meeting room, neighbor Penny Evans-Plants spoke for the group, saying the neighborhood opposes the hotel overall and not just the variance request. The neighborhood streets already are used as bypasses by some, she said, adding that the six hotels within a mile of the community were the source of 300 police reports already. She also noted parking, saying the hotel rendering shows only 54 spaces for 52 room; the excess parking will flow into Charlton Street, she added. The board rejected the variance request by a unanimous vote.
Evans-Plants also said a petition by homeowners against the project had attracted more than 500 “signatures” as of June 21.