A standing crowd came out Monday to oppose plans for an upscale 36-unit apartment complex on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Gibbons Street.
The City of Rome Commission split evenly, meaning it failed for lack of a majority.
The vote was 4 to 4, with Mayor Craig McDaniel abstaining because he works in the same real estate office as the plaintiff, Patrick Cash. Commissioners Brian Bojo, Mark Cochran, Jamie Doss and Randy Quick were in favor. Commissioners Bonny Askew, Bill Collins, Sundai Stevenson and Wendy Davis voted against the project.
Dozens of residents of northern Rome attended the public hearing to register their opposition ahead of the vote.
âThis is how gentrification begins,â said Reverend Bernard Young of the Thankful Baptist Church.
Stevenson berated Cash for not working with the Five Points community.
âWhy didn’t you ask these people what they needed? Give them a little respect, âshe says.
Askew said a development of this size was not appropriate for the region, and said the community – Rome’s historic black business district – was not considered when it was divided by urban renewal efforts 50 years ago.
In other actions, council unanimously approved rezoning requests to expand Cherry Hill townhouses off Lee Avenue in eastern Rome and use a building at 202 Lavender Drive as a home. single family. They rejected a special use permit for backyard chickens at 2 Sagewood Drive.
A draft agreement covering the operation by the City of Rome schools of the city-owned Barron Stadium has been referred to the General Administration Committee for consideration.
Superintendent Lou Byars asked for clarification on the wording on who pays for security and cleans up after events that are sanctioned by the city. City manager Sammy Rich said the expenses would not be covered by the school system.
The council also expanded the 8% hotel motel tax to include short-term rentals, such as vacation rentals by owner and Airbnb.
The commissioners also suspended the beer and wine package license for Calhoun EZ Stop, 608 Calhoun Ave., for two weeks and imposed a $ 500 fine after selling alcohol to an underage person in an assault. Status in March.