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Plans to rehabilitate 2 North Broad Street homes in the works

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Plans to rehabilitate two vacant and dilapidated houses on North Broad Street drew kudos as well as a recommendation for approval from the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission.

The houses, at 1204 and 1206 North Broad St., are large older homes but the interiors were divided into apartments and leased out for a number of years. Rezoning applicant Jason Fox said he plans to restore them both to single-family homes.

“We’re excited about the project,” he told the citizen-board last week.

Planning Director Sue Hiller said changing the zoning from community commercial to neighborhood-office-commercial use — where private residences are allowed — could encourage other homeowners in the area to make improvements. The planning commission unanimously agreed.

“I want to say thanks to Mr. Fox, for taking an interest in the community,” member Charles Jackson said.

Fox won approval in October to restore the old boarding house next door, at 1208 N. Broad, as a single-family home.

The Rome City Commission is slated to rule on the new applications following a public hearing on Jan. 23.

Another North Rome property undergoing rehabilitation also is on that agenda.

Jimmy Byars of Hardy Realty is asking for light industrial zoning on the 2.8-acre site on East Callahan Street that used to be the Northwest Georgia Technical College business incubator. It’s currently zoned for heavy industrial use.

“The owner bought it this summer and rehabbed it,” Byars said. “There are still some spaces to rent out and LI is better for his plans.”

Hiller noted that businesses allowed in light industrial zones will have less impact on nearby property owners than heavy industrial operations.

The complex is already home to Action Rent All, Molecular Biology Resources Inc., Recover MD, L.T. Jenkins Enterprises and Amtran EMS non-emergency ambulance service.

City Commissioners also will decide on Larry Martin’s application for community commercial zoning at 201-209 Turner McCall Blvd. for a pawn shop. The .78-acre property is currently zoned for heavy industrial use.