Five years ago, a wood-fired pizza restaurant was turn-key ready in the Cotton Block. Soon, it will be ‘baking’ some of Rome’s newest businesses.

Five years ago, a wood-fired pizza restaurant was turn-key ready in the Cotton Block. Soon, it will be ‘baking’ some of Rome’s newest businesses.

These photos are from a February 2017 real estate listing for 110-112 Broad St. and the almost-ready pizza restaurant that collapsed before opening. The site will soon by home to a business incubator.

It was February 2017 and a Carrollton company’s plans to open a wood-fired artisan pizza restaurant at 110 Broad St. were dashed. The building was turn key read; just add staff and ingredients and you’d be in business. Plus buy the site for $1.1 million.

The above photos detailed how ready the restaurant was to greet customers. But it never happened and the the site remained vacant.

But a plan involving Rome’s Downtown Development Authority to use both 110 and 112 Broad St. as the community’s first incubator site since the one off North Broad almost 20 years ago is under way. On Dec. 13, Rome’s commissioners voted unanimously to purchase the site for $436,000. The plan is to launch a business incubator/accelerator using the 10,000 square feet between First and Second avenues across from Blue Sky and Canvass.

Aundi Lesley, the director of Downtown Development, talked about the incubator during last Friday’s annual awards ceremony and year-end gathering. It was among a string of accomplishments for the authority, including new businesses, renovations, the return of First Friday and additional progress.

Some renovations are needed — including the removal of the restaurant equipment, including that pizza oven.

Today, driving by 110-112 Broad St., you’ll see the under contract signs from Andy Kight at Toles, Temple & Wright.

For more on the project, here’s a short video from the city with Lesley and Doug Walker.

 

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