A new duplex development proposed for Summerville Park along Redmond Road at Raymond Avenue goes before the Rome City Commission on Monday for rezoning request. Property owner Daniel Lee (Jay) Stephenson is requesting rezoning from Low Density Traditional Residential and Office-Institutional to Duplex Residential to be able to construct up to four duplexes (eight units) on the two empty lots at 201 and 203A Redmond Road.
According to the proposal, the duplexes would be designed in such a way that compliments the single-family nature of the neighborhood, while providing a buffer between Summerville Park and those houses along Redmond Road that have been converted into offices.
“The end result is actually two duplexes on the corner parcel where each unit faces away from the attached unit. The two units are arranged in this manner so that from Raymond Avenue, they appear to be single-family dwelling units. The two parcels will need to be merged into a single parcel in order for the proposed development to be feasible, which means they need the same zoning,” states the Planning Department report.
Once more detailed engineering plans are available, one or more units, or duplexes, may be abandoned in order to allow for stormwater detention and other development requirements. The Planning Department recommends approval of the request, as well as the Planning Commission by 8-0 vote.
Stephenson has already been reaching out to Summerville Park residents and has received several positive comments, according to the Planning Commission notes. The neighborhood rallied together last year to ‘Save Summerville Park’ from plans to build a Sleep Inn hotel at one of the entrances to the area off Martha Berry Boulevard. Their efforts were a success as the property was purchased by the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority with new senior adult housing complex under construction on the property.
The rezoning request goes on first reading at Monday’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. A second reading and public hearing will be held on Monday, Sept. 28.
Also on Monday’s City Commission agenda will be discussion and vote on the $1.72 million Tax Allocation District III hotel development with Floyd County and Lavender Mountain Hospitality Services, LLC for a new Fairfield Inn & Suites at the Tennis Center of Rome at Berry College. The hotel project lies within the Mount Berry Redevelopment area and Tax Allocation District Number III created in Feb. 2018.
According to the agreement, the developer would receive no more than $1,728,840 in assistance for the construction of the hotel, which would be no more than $172,884 paid over the next 10 years on or after Dec. 10 of the year following completion of the hotel. Floyd County must also approve the agreement.