Business: Development with 325 residences proposed off Ga. 53 on West Hermitage near Pepsi plant turn. That’s 3,300 homes and town homes in play right now.

Business: Development with 325 residences proposed off Ga. 53 on West Hermitage near Pepsi plant turn. That’s 3,300 homes and town homes in play right now.

A plan for 325 residences off Ga. 53 east on West Hermitage Road is coming before the planning commission. It is at the turn where Advanced Steel Technologies and the Pepsi plants are on the east side of Ga. 53.

The housing boom in Floyd County is far from over. The latest entry comes before the Rome Floyd Planning Commission on Feb. 3 and involves 325 residences off Ga. 53 about a half-mile east on West Hermitage.

Hermitage Partners LLC and 7 Lights Development are behind the project which is close to Ball Corp. as well as Advanced Steel Technologies and the Pepsi plant.

According to the application:

The development would consist of traditional style residences with a minimum 1,200 square feet. There would be a total of 325 new units constructed in three phases. This property is unique in the fact that it has all utilities needed already on site. Typically, this type of development would not be feasible in this area of the county due to the infrastructure. There also is a creek that runs through the property that would create a challenge for an industrial development, causing them to be limited on the size of building they could construct.

The project would need to be rezoned from heavy industrial to split zoned (suburban-residential and multifamily residential). It carries the recommendation of the planning department staff.  The application shows the developers expect up to 1,000 total residents with 50 homes in the first year. The single-family homes would sell for $160,000 to $275,000.
One of the partners, 7 Lights out of Adairsville, also is pushing a rural-based residential community east of Calhoun — with very similar characteristics:
Proposed are 360 single-family homes as well as 165 townhouses. Buildout is expected to take three years.  The project is valued at $155 million with a total tax impact of $3.67 million a year once all units are completed. A development of regional impact review has been completed by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

About that housing boom. Here’s a look at some of the projects now on the boards in Rome/Floyd County with a few more expected to pop soon:
  • 51 homes in Crestwood off Ga. 53 from Smith Douglas.
  • The $20 million, 80-unit South Meadows affordable residential development at 12 Pollack St. off South Broad in South Rome
  • More than 1,000 single-family homes in Pleasant Valley Preserve off Chulio and Pleasant Valley Preserve.
  • 1,241 multifamily units at the Bypass and U.S. 411.
  •  200-plus apartments above new North Fifth/Martha Berry project (currently home to Relax Inn).
  • The overall plan to add 200-plus units as part of the Four Stones’ proposal for the River District.
  • 128 work-force apartments along Avenue A as well as additional retail.
  • 41 townhomes on First Avenue behind the Atrium Health Floyd offices on Second Avenue.

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