Business: Final preparations for Rome’s different spin on Italian. Update on the housing market, including slow home sales but rising prices in Bartow, Gordon.

Business: Final preparations for Rome’s different spin on Italian. Update on the housing market, including slow home sales but rising prices in Bartow, Gordon.

Final touches under way at Fazoli’s off Turner McCall in Rome as seen in this photo Tuesday morning. Hometown photo.

 

Fazoli’s less than a week away in Rome: The lawn’s in, many of the signs are up and the preopening Health Inspection earned a perfect 100. All are signs that Fazoli’s Fast. Fresh. Italian restaurant is just about ready to open next Tuesday, Aug. 31.

In an earlier interview, franchisee Amit Patel said he was recruiting a staff of about 100. Patel also owns the Cartersville location. The hours there — and perhaps in Rome — are 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

 To learn more about Fazoli’s, visit fazolis.com. For more on the Rome location, please click Facebook.


HOUSING

Good news/bad news for Rome/Floyd County’s housing market: As the community continues to deal with a shortage of affordable homes and apartments, there were two developments Monday night:

  • The Villas at Rome withdrew the 500- to 800-person multifamily development planned off Dodd Boulevard. Melanie Burruss, land acquisitions coordinator for Jim Chapman Communities, confirmed the project is dead. “… after reviewing the budgets again, we realized that the numbers just are not going to work…We are bummed…and Rome is still on our list of places….so maybe we will be back…” The project needed a final blessing from the City Commission on the 38-acre site.
  • The good news is the green light was given to convert the Rome Inn & Suites into miniapartments off Chateau Drive.

Home sales sputter again in July — but prices rise. The Northwest Metro Association of Realtors shares these numbers from Bartow and Gordon counties for last month:

Bartow County | July 2021

  • Total single family home sales: 145 (16.2% decrease)
  • Median sales price: $257,500 (17.6% increase)
  • Average sales price: $271,500 (13.4% increase)
  • Total active listings: 164 (19.6% decrease)
  • New listings: 211 (23.4% increase)
  • Month’s Supply: 1.2 (20% decrease)

Gordon County | July 2021

  • Total single family home sales: 53 (20.9% decrease)
  • Median sales price: $240,000 (23.1% increase)
  • Average sales price: $248,000 (24.3% increase)
  • Total active listings: 91 (23% increase)
  • New listings: 72 (33.3% increase)
  • Month’s Supply: 1.8 (28.6% increase)
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