Business: Something of a pause in new home construction; updates on $2.6 million in business projects. Also: Business newsmakers.

Business: Something of a pause in new home construction; updates on $2.6 million in business projects. Also: Business newsmakers.

Buildout continued Thursday at the upcoming home of Orange Theory adjacent to McAlister’s Deli at East Bend. Hometown photo
Latest from the Rome/Floyd building permits:
Pause in the home-building boom? Perhaps the surpise for the month of August was how remodels seemed to dominate requested building permits. The recent surge in new homes took a break although at least a dozen permits were on file, including some from  mega builder Smith Douglas Homes. Up next: More than 50 homes in Crestwood off Ga. 53 near the Bypass. In August, several homes worth more than $400,000 got the green light as well.
Some other projects of note:

  • Orange Theory Fitness build out continues at East Bend in Rome: The project, valued at $375,000, was bustling today with crews unloading trucks just before 11 a.m. Orange Theory calls itself a “science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired workout designed to produce results from the inside out – giving people a longer, more vibrant life.” The new shop already is very active on Facebook
  • Old Navy: As we continue to watch for signs of life at East Bend, the company has been granted a $4,000 permit for a wall sign.
  • Fazoli’s, East Bend, now open. Final buildout: $800,000.
  • Starbucks, Shorter Avenue, soon to open. Final buildout: $500,000.
  • Dollar General looking north? Just some mentions of Dollar General and an address in the 6000 block of Martha Berry Highway across from the old school.
  • Also some updating under way on the former home of La Conquista at  3989 Martha Berry.
  • Gala Plaza at 2527 Redmond Road is getting a $90,000-plus tweak for a supermarket and food court.
  • Playa Azul Media Studios: The remodel of 510 Broad St. for the movie studio continues at a cost of around $450,000.
  • River District: Also getting a remodel is the former home of Carquest at 309 N. Fifth Ave. Cost: $220,000. Possible use: Bakery.
  • Permits are out for two more townhomes at East Third Street near the Federal Courthouse and Rome News-Tribune office.

Rebecca Gilliam
Sandra Mayo

River City Bank announces the promotions of Rebecca Gilliam to Vice President, Director of Marketing and Sandra Mayo to Vice President, Director of Information Technology.

  • Gilliam joined River City Bank in 2019 as Director of Technology and Digital Services. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, graphic design, digital services, and technology, with 14 of those in the banking industry. Gilliam is a graduate of the University of Northwestern with a B.S. degree in Business Management and holds a B.A. in Theological Studies from Indiana Bible College. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Mayo has been with River City Bank for 14 years as IT Manager, overseeing the bank’s IT department, and assisting operationally with all online banking and digital projects. Her 37 years in the banking industry also includes tenure with First National Bank of Polk County where she worked in multiple areas such as bookkeeping, technology, data processing, and network administration.


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