Why Summerville Park doesn’t want Sleep Inn on Charlton Street (that’s where the entrance and exit would be). A HHPodcast interview with Penny Evans-Plants. New link.

Why Summerville Park doesn’t want Sleep Inn on Charlton Street (that’s where the entrance and exit would be). A HHPodcast interview with Penny Evans-Plants. New link.

This vacant home at 2 Charlton St. would vanish if work begins on the Sleep Inn. Hometown photo.
A look down Charlton Street in Summerville Park as you come from Martha Berry. The hotel’s entrance and exit would both flow onto Charlton Street. Hometown photo,
More than 500 of these signs have been printed and are available to anyone at 10 RobinSt. Hometown photo.

Penny Evans-Plants, a resident of Summerville Park, joined us to record this podcast at Brand Red Studios in downtown Rome. Photo by Todd LaBerge.

Imagine the first home on your street being demolished, the surrounding tree lines flattened. Next, picture a 52-room hotel going up on part on that lot, with both the entrance and exit on a residential street, Charlton Street, even though the hotel features land facing Martha Berry Highway.

The residents of Summerville Park call this encroachment into a neighborhood already dealing with crime and other spillovers from some of the run-down hotels nearby. They fear Sleep Inn will dump much more traffic onto a rustic two-lane street lined with older homes that make up the “Heritage Neighborhood” founded in 1913.
Penny Evans-Plants, a resident of Summerville Park, talks about the homeowners’ fight, the planned hotel, a controversial rezoning decades ago a slow response from City Hall when it comes to seeking a better solution for the community, the developer and the city. 
  • Penny joined us for this podcast at Brand Red Studios, 4 Bale St. off Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome. We thank Todd LaBerge for another round of solid podcast production. 

 

 

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