The three-story, 81-room hotel is being developed by Kasandas Properties of Marietta and would be on a 3.5-acre tract at the end of a cul-de-sac just past the Country Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express.
Kasandas Properties has ten hotels in Georgia and four under development in Georgia and South Carolina. Their flags include Comfort Inns, Comfort Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn, Magnolia Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Sites plans indicate the hotel would be oriented perpendicular to U.S. 411 East, as opposed to the Country Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express, both of which are somewhat parallel to the main highway.
"More rooms on the weekend is a good thing," said Lisa Smith, director of the Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Our community just continues to get busier with events on the weekends, so this will give us additional places for people to be able to stay overnight and us not to have to send them out of the county overnight."
Gibson also told the Joint Development committee plans are being reviewed for Lumina Coffee which would be at the intersection of the Veterans Memorial Bypass and Armuchee Connector in front of State Mutual Stadium.
The coffee shop is slated to encompass approximately 3,000 square feet.
Rome-Floyd Planning Director Artagus Newell told the city and county commissioners that he hopes a rebuilt GIS website will be online by the end of the week. A North Carolina company was contracted to redevelop and host the GIS site. Newell said he believes the new site will have even more important information on the new maps for people who need details regarding anything from zoning to flood maps.
Newell also said a grant for a LIDAR system had been approved to serve 67 counties in Georgia. The Light Detection and Ranging system is able to produce what amounts to nearly three-dimensional mapping information.
A press release from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs indicates the data will be a critical input to develop a statewide Building Information Model that will enhance public safety and emergency response services, increasing effectiveness and efficiency, and potentially saving lives.
Rome-Floyd River Education Center Director Ben Winkelman explained he had confiscated the shell of a hawksbill sea turtle from the Goodwill store in Rome. The hawksbill sea turtle is considered a critically endangered species due to its declining population, and is internationally protected. Winkelman said the shell was in a box with a lot of other items and that personnel at Goodwill were cooperative with the investigation. The shell, which will now be displayed at the ECO Center, had a price tag of $60.