Downtown Rome merchants, guests get a quick update on the River District’s potential growth, a key utility upgrade and the planned streetscape there.

Downtown Rome merchants, guests get a quick update on the River District’s potential growth, a key utility upgrade and the planned streetscape there.

City Manager Sammy Rich, center left, and Assistant City Manager Meredith Ulmer, center right, take questions from those attending Friday’s Merchant Mornings from the Downtown Development Authority hosted by Realty One in the River District. Hometown photo.
Justin Pollard, center left, talks about Realty One in the River Distict as the company hosts the Downtown Development Authority’s Merchants Morning on Friday. Pictured from left: Thomas Kislat, Rome Floyd Chamber; Deise Gomez, Marketing Coordinator, visitors office; Pollard; Aundi Lesley, Downtown Development; Assistant City Manager Meredith Ulmer (center, back); Megan Otwell, DDA; and Larry Alford, Servicemaster by Twins. Hometown photo.

 

Amid doughnuts and sausage balls from The Sweet Bar brought in by host Realty One on Fifth Avenue, guests at Friday’s Merchants Morning heard some updates on the River District surrounding them and what’s next.

Downtown Development invited City Manager Sammy Rich and Assistant City Manager Meredith Ulmer to the event for a brief Q & A on city affairs. As the River District remains among the top issues in the community, the host neighborhood got most of the attention.

  • Rich shared updates on the water/sewer improvements on the way, replacing six-inch pipes with 12-inch pipes to help with supply and firefighting in case of emergency. The project should begin next month and last up to three months, Rich says, promising it won’t be as disruptive as the gas pipline project. Some blockage will occur and temporary walk-arounds will be in place to keep pedestrian traffic safe, he says.
  • The bigger is the Four Stone Real Estate development proposed for West Third Street, Fifth Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods. That deal for Four Star to purchase 2.14 acres the city owns for future development should be finalized at Monday’s City Commission meeting he says.
  • The Streetscape planned for the River District will see some advances as well, he says, with a design engineer likely to be hired soon.
  • Aundi Lesley, the DDA director, reminded guests of the River District Art Festival set for Saturday. Open containers of alcohol bought from downtown merchants will be allowed, she added.

┬áJustin Pollard of the hosting Realty One company told guests they moved to 245 N. Fifth Ave. a year ago November and welcomed guests to tour the building (the one with the “Think Big” mural on the side).

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