Sto­ries to look for as new year starts

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Ok, there’s no crys­tal ball here in the news­room of the Polk County Stan­dard Jour­nal. But as 2018 came to a close and 2019 was set to open, it al­lowed for some time to eval­u­ate some sto­ries that haven’t quite fin­ished out dur­ing the year as it closed.

What are some things that Polk County can ex­pect to see in 2019? Here’s a quick run­down of some items that lo­cal res­i­dents will likely read about in the months ahead:

Move early in the year for Cedarstream

When Cedarstream set out to move in the lat­ter half of 2017, their goal was to be out of their down­town Cedar­town workspace in late 2018. They broke ground some months later than ex­pected, and then weather got in the way some more through­out the nearly year of con­struc­tion at the North­side In­dus­trial Park site that will be the print­ing com­pany’s new head­quar­ters.

As the work on the build­ing was wrap­ping up late in 2018, the com­pany was still print­ing away into the hol­i­day sea­son down­town and slightly past their tar­get date. Jan­uary looks to be the month they move ac­cord­ing to Cedar­town city of­fi­cials, prob­a­bly late in the month de­pend­ing on how the weather shapes up as the year be­gins.

No word yet on what ex­actly plans are for Cedarstream’s cur­rent home on Main Street.

Pop­eye’s Chicken open­ing soon

It’s prob­a­bly a no-brainer that the work on Pop­eye’s Chicken in Rock­mart is wrap­ping up, and hope­fully will be open­ing in the early months of the year.

We don’t ex­pect the wait to be very long as con­struc­tion was com­ing along de­spite wet weather at a good pace.

Hopes are that they’ll open to the cus­tomers be­fore the end of the month.

Ex­pect some land­fill law­suit news

Right now, the law­suit be­tween Polk County and Waste In­dus­tries re­mains in a bit of a hold­ing pat­tern while County At­tor­ney Brad Mc­Fall and those rep­re­sent­ing the com­pany are go­ing back and forth in the dis­cov­ery phase.

How­ever, there’s a win­dow on when doc­u­ments are to be turned over, and de­po­si­tions taken down that Mc­Fall set back dur­ing his Novem­ber up­date from the time they filed. We ex­pect to start see­ing some ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion com­ing forth as the two sides seek ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion through court fil­ings, or in the case of the de­fen­dants have the case dis­missed out­right.

As of press time, the law­suit was sit­ting in its sev­enth month af­ter the county an­nounced their in­ten­tions to sue in May 2018. Dis­cov­ery in the suit can last a min­i­mum of six months, and could go longer.

Church Street Manor work

Rock­mart of­fi­cials want to in­cor­po­rate Church Street Manor into the down­town area in a way that will make it more use­ful for big events through­out the year.

What that plan will look like ex­actly is still in the early phases, but city plan­ners have said in meet­ings pre­vi­ous they are look­ing in the months ahead to be the time to get to work on Church Street Manor.

The hopes from City Man­ager Jeff El­lis in pre­vi­ous con­ver­sa­tions with the Down­town Rock­mart Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee with the Cham­ber were to in­cor­po­rate the area more into events like the WELSHFest in March and the Home­spun Fes­ti­val in July.

New ho­tel in Cedar­town?

Could Cedar­town soon have a new ho­tel? It’s a real pos­si­bil­ity.

With clos­ing on the prop­erty in Polk County by the In­ter­na­tional Union of Op­er­at­ing En­gi­neers Lo­cal 926’s train­ing pro­gram, the need for a place to stay will get even more im­por­tant for those com­ing to Cedar­town to learn how to use heavy equip­ment.

As that devel­op­ment looks to get un­der­way in 2019, so will the like­li­hood of a chain look­ing for a place to setup an ad­di­tional ho­tel to serve those ad­di­tional cus­tomers.

It isn’t as if Cedar­town doesn’t have any­where for trainees to stay cur­rently. There’s two on North Main Street right now, with Qual­ity Inn as one op­tion.

A re­cent rebrand al­ready has taken place at one Cedar­town ho­tel, with Cedar­town Inn and Suites now of­fi­cially an Econolodge with re­cent changes made at year’s end.

They aren’t the only re-brand on North Main Street. Just a mile or so down the road, Rite Aid (the com­pany was bought out by Wal­greens in years past) of­fi­cially changed to its new par­ent com­pany as more of the stores were folded into the drug chain in late De­cem­ber as well.

/ Kevin Myrick

Work on Cedarstream’s new head­quar­ters in the North­side In­dus­trial Park should be wrap­ping up as 2019 be­gins.

Kevin Myrick

Above: Work is get­ting nearcom­ple­tion on the new Pop­eye’s Chicken in Rock­mart. Right: As the year wascom­ing to a close in Cedar­town, Rite Aid on North Main Street got a name change to Wal­greens, which bought the phar­macy chain in years past.

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