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Small grocery store set to open on Broad Street

It was thumbs up at Rome’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting Wednesday.

David Clonts won approval from the HPC to rehabilitate the property at 231 Broad St. The building has been vacant for close to three years and Clonts has plans to attract multiple retail or commercial tenants to first floor and renovate the second floor for a residential unit.

“It’s been a fun little project, doing the forensics on it,” Clonts said about the calculations that helped him decide on the business venture.

The building was constructed prior to 1900 and most recently was home to the Herb Shop.

Clonts said he already has a deal to bring a small grocery store to the section on the north side of the building, next to Johnny’s New York Style Pizza.

He said talks are underway with a couple of potential clients for the other side.

The upper story is being renovated into 2,200-square-feet of living space with a deck on half the roof facing the Third Avenue parking deck.

The Herb Shop moved from the space to 103 Broad St. in the Cotton Block three years ago. It opened in 1987 as Rome’s first herb shop and herbal pharmacy.

The HPC also approved a couple of projects at historic homes in the Between the Rivers Historic District.

George McGill won approval for a new carport and kitchen addition to his downtown home at 405 E. Third Ave.

Wes Walraven’s plans for an auto pavilion and outdoor living area at The Columns, 206 E. Fourth Ave., are pending approval of zoning variances at a Board of Adjustments meeting Tuesday.

Also Wednesday, Tom Sills submitted notice of his resignation from the HPC at the end of February. Sills has accepted the position as chief transportation planner for Bartow County.