The city has worked with the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. as its developer for the homes and the corporation will continue to play that role, though Fox explained that new housing may be constructed outside of South Rome.
“West Rome might be a good test market for us,” Fox said.
She reported that all of the new homes will be three-bedroom, two-bath homes, built in a cottage style, using plans purchased from an architect in Savannah.
It’s unclear how many new homes will be constructed, because the price of housing materials is currently higher than it has been, in part due to the cost of rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Florence and anticipation of damages from Hurricane Michael.
Lots for four additional new homes that will be constructed on Pollock Street in South Rome will be graded out before any construction bids for those home are sought. Those homes will be built using a ranch style, similar to the five homes on Wilson Avenue. Fox said that the layout for each lot could differ as a result of elevation differences.
City Commissioners Randy Quick (left) and Wendy Davis listen to a report on housing during a meeting of the Rome Community Development Services committee Tuesday.