In context: The next big part of a multimillion-dollar investment on the north end of the community is under way even as a few others are in service — or likewise under construction.
- It starts with the $5 million indoor tennis courts added to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College last spring.
- The summer months have been dominated by the opening of the $135 million Spires at Berry College, a continuing care community just off Redmond on Eagle Lake.
- Under way on the $15.7 million Berry campus is the animal science building next to Hermann Hall.
- And ow the $12 million Fairfield Inn and Suites is under way.
- By our math, that’s nearly $170 million investment in a “Berry Corridor” that stretches from The Spires to Martha Berry and along the Armuchee Connector.
Media release: Berry College held its groundbreaking ceremony Monday to mark the start of construction on the 80-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel adjacent to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.
The hotel will be managed by Alpharetta-based Hotel Equities who will provide development services throughout the hotel’s construction phase. Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2021. the hotel development aligns with the college’s focus on creating new revenue streams to support its educational mission, provide opportunities for student learning and employment, and contribute to the economic vitality of Rome.
“We’re excited for all the ways our community continues to grow,” said Berry President Steve Briggs, noting the recent opening of the Mount Berry Trail, the indoor tennis courts and The Spires (retirement community). “When people come to Rome, we want them to have a memorable experience. We are excited to see how this project builds momentum for the tennis center and community.”
Rome Mayor Bill Collins praised the public-private partnership. “Berry has always taken the lead in a great way and brought about all this great change and great entities to the city,” Collins said. “We are blessed as a community to have an institution like Berry College. You guys take our young folks and educate them and make them into young professionals.”
Hotel Equities’ vice president of operations and asset management Jeff Shockley said: “We are proud partners on this hotel development project and are aligned in vision with Berry College’s community-first approach. We hope to engage the local workforce and promote social impact in the community by providing unmatched hospitality to guests and locals alike.”
Those in attendance for the small ceremony were Berry College trustees and leadership, partners at Hotel Equities, local dignitaries, as well as the local chamber and tourism officials to celebrate the inaugural groundbreaking.