At Monday’s meeting, Rome City commissioners unanimously approved a bid for the existing Mount Berry Mall tax allocation district to include three acres set aside for a Fairfield Inn & Suites adjoining the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. The vote addressed the $1.73 million package designed for the undeveloped site off the Armuchee Connector.
According to the agreement, the developer — Berry’s Lavender Mountain Hospitality Services LLC 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. Currently, Berry pays $100 a year on taxes for the hotel site. That could continue for a decade and then it would be taxed at full rate.
If built, the Fairfield would include 80 hotel rooms. It would rise at the main entrance to the tennis center site and likely would be joined eventually by a restaurant.
Commissioner Wendy Davis presented the package and made the motion to pass it, seconded by Randy Quick. Commissioner Mark Cochran recused himself from the vote. It passed 7-0.
Floyd County also must approve the agreement. So far, it has met with a lukewarm response from the county.