The Rome-Floyd Planning Commission approved a rezoning request that now sets the stage for a multi-purpose residential development next to State Mutual Stadium on Braves Boulevard. The project will consist of not only a four-story 124 unit apartment building, but a restaurant, retail space, and a medical office. The Rome City Commission now has the final say-so of the rezoning, which would change to urban mixed use instead of community commercial.

Developer Charlie Williams said that the site is basically the same that was proposed for Riverside Parkway across from Ridgeferry Park. He said that the project, which had caused a bit of controversy, ended up not being economically feasible.

Terrell Shaw, with Save Rome’s Central Park, said that he is thrilled with the developer’s new location. He said that the new location would be a huge success for the community.

The planning commission also approved a rezoning for a community garden on Kingston Avenue. The garden will be maintained by the community and will benefit the Rome Community Kitchen.
The Rome City Commission will decide on the requests following a 6:30 p.m. public hearing set for its Dec. 28 meeting.