Ahead of the headlines: Expect a quick ‘yes’ vote on West Third restaurant proposal. Updates on East Bend (Kmart) TAD agreement. Bank branch (no changes there) offered for $2.16 million. Quick work at two Cartersville projects.

Ahead of the headlines: Expect a quick ‘yes’ vote on West Third restaurant proposal. Updates on East Bend (Kmart) TAD agreement. Bank branch (no changes there) offered for $2.16 million. Quick work at two Cartersville projects.


Calling it request that could be “a needed shot in the arm to help jumpstart other additional redevelopment within the River District,” Rome City commissioners are being urged to approve Kevin Dillmon’s bid to rezone 401 W. Third St. from community commercial to urban mixed use during Monday’s meeting (6:30 p.m. start, City Hall, agenda).

The report goes on to say “the proposed use will hopefully draw an increased amount of people and interest to that side of the river” and comes with an “approval” recommendation. The rezoning would make the “neglected buildling” useful again but there are some caveats: As built, the structure occupies almost all of the property with no room for parking. The rezoning would “encourage shared street parking, which exists alongside the tennis center” (North Fourth Avenue). You can see the yellow curbing fronting the building on West Third Street. And then there’s football at Barron Stadium each fall, Peach State, tennis tournaments and continued growth in the area as more spots are redevelopment.

Parking would be key as the proposal submitted by Brooks Building Group on behalf of Moon Dance Properties LLC show restaurant floor plans. This might be the location of the pizza/beer spot we keep hearing about in the River District bordered by Fifth Avenue and West Third Street.

Forecast: We expect approval from the commission.

Amendment to East Bend TAD agreement also on commission agenda: It appears United Community Bank is involved in the project and will be named “approved lender” for the project that could bring 20 to 28 stores and restaurants to the former Kmart side off Turner McCall and Hicks Drive. Also note one of the “outparcels” adjoining the former Rome Kim-owned site has been sold to help form the 20-acre footprint of East Bend.

Fresh off the sale of Redmond Plaza in Cedartown, the real estate group Marcus & Millichap is now marketing the Wells Fargo branch at Martha Berry and Redmond Road adjoining the CVS and Berry Corners property. There is no change in the bank’s operations noted in the sale; in fact, it says the location has seen a 4 percent increase in deposits year over year. Plus it says the location as a 45-plus year history “as a bank branch location.” At 0.75 of an acre with 3,240 square feet under roof, the property is being offered for $2.16 million.  For more, click LoopNet.

Key background: The Berry Crossing site was sold in January 2018 to a local group identified as Two Old Tigers LLC. The 3.45-acre site is primed for quick development. Three pads have been in place since the overall project (5.8 acres) started with the construction of the CVS store at the corner of Martha Berry and the Bypass, which opened in the spring of 2009…  The existing bank branch (now Wells Fargo) was quickly remodeled as well to incorporate a new look akin to what was planned at Berry Crossing. Initial reports showed the site would feature some 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space… That CVS at the corner of the Bypass and Martha Berry was remodeled in recent months … But the biggest game changer will be the opening of The Spires at Berry College just down the bypass in 2020. It will bring several hundred new, affluent residents to the area.

Drive-by inspections at two Cartersville sites: The speed at which the RaceTrac off Main Street and I-75 is rising has to be a record. A drive-by on Thursday looks as though the store could open soon. That store, at 5,500 square feet, also will feature its Swirl World frozen treats and prepared foods. RaceTrac also has stores planned in West Rome and Adairsville… Also under way but not at the same speed is the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen off Joe Frank Harris Parkway across from Aldi. Like RaceTrac, Popeye’s is on a building boom in Northwest Georgia (West Rome, Cedartown and Rockmart).

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