The Floyd County Commission approved conditional agreements for the purchase of approximately 40 acres of land for a SPLOST-funded agriculture center project near Mount Berry Mall and the Rome Tennis Center.
Floyd County Commission
Rome, GA- The Floyd County Commission approved a conditional agreement for the purchase of approximately 40 acres of land for a SPLOST-funded agriculture center project near Mount Berry Mall and the Rome Tennis Center.
During the Tuesday evening meeting commissioners approved the purchase of two plots of land off Three Mile Road between the mall and tennis center. The tracts are currently owned by Rome Mall LLC, Ewing Companies LLC and Texas-based Pinnacle Housing Partners LP.
The county will purchase 20 acres of the land, currently owned by Ewing and Pinnacle, for $1,200,000 and the other 24 acres from Rome Mall in the amount of $900,000.
The property is adjacent to existing farmland, but it is centrally located with utilities.
The ag center project was approved by voters in the 2017 special purpose local option sales tax package for $8 million, but it hasn’t been able to gain traction until this year. In the 2022 budget, county commissioners included $500,000 toward the project.
At one point, the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority was in discussions to place housing on a portion of the property off Three Mile Road, but the deal never came to fruition.
At this point the county hasn’t issued any bonds for the project; officials have been waiting on the funds to accumulate.
Over the last few months, County Manager Jamie McCord and County Clerk Erin Elrod have visited agriculture centers in other counties — including Coweta County, Jackson County and Carroll County — in order to get a feel for how the project should look.
McCord earlier said he expects construction to begin in 2023 and that they’ll work on the project in stages.
The citizen-submitted SPLOST project proposal envisioned a central arena surrounded by offices, small cafes and shops, with the potential for a permanent farmers market, food truck area and possibly even RV overnight hook-ups.