Thanks to extra efforts by Mayor Bill Collins as well as Sandra Hudson and the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, efforts to turn back a planned Sleep Inn hotel from encroaching on the Summerville Park neighborhood appear to have have been successful. Since June, area residents have campaigned to Save Summerville Park after plans for the 52-room hotel were introduced. The City Commission basically said there were no options as the zoning and ownership met city stands.
Collins, a Summerville Park resident, pursued other ideas — which came to fruition on Wednesday.
Eric McDowell, head of the Summerville Park Neighborhood Association, wrote the following note Summerville Park residents following the Wednesday morning meeting by the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority:
“I want you all to be the first to know that the Executive Board of the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority has just voted to purchase the proposed hotel property!
“A contract is to be drawn up very soon, contingent on the board’s ability to secure financing for the purchase. Once purchased, the Housing Authority will construct three high quality apartment buildings (16 total units) for senior residents. A photo of the type of building that will be constructed is attached (above).
“I hope to be able to send another message soon to report that a contract has been signed and the purchase is complete. Until then, please join me in thanking housing authority director Sandra Hudson and her heroic board members for their efforts thus far on our behalf.
“With much enthusiasm, Eric (10 Robin)