A proposal to buy 23 homes on the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital site and convert them into residences is in play in what could be a win-win scenario for all sides.
City Commissioner Wendy Davis, who chairs Rome’s Special Committee on Housing, says that board has unanimously endorsed a plan to utilize the homes that have stood empty for a decade since the hospital closed. The Rome-Floyd Development Authority is buying the site for future development and has announced plans to demolish much of what’s now o site.
Monday evening, Davis said a selling price of around $100,000 each was considered, including property contiguous to the homes. If so, that would allow the development authority to recover the $2.25 million in extra-penny sales tax revenue it wants to tap to purchase the campus. The sale includes 132.5 acres and 195 buildings; some are believed to have lead paint as well as asbestos. Background
City Commissioner Bill Collins urged support of the proposal and said he’d help facilitate the move.
Mayor Craig Daniel, who serves on the development authority, said he’d bring it up at Thursday’s meeting.