Rock­mart hous­ing plans an­nounced

♦ Hous­ing Au­thor­ity an­nounces plans for Elm Street, Euharlee School de­vel­op­ments

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff re­ports

Plans for two old schools in Rock­mart are start­ing to come to­gether with hous­ing as the main fo­cus for the prop­er­ties.

The North­west Ge­or­gia Hous­ing Au­thor­ity board ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion to part­ner with the Paces Foun­da­tion as co-de­vel­oper for up­grades at the Ash­land Park Apart­ments in Rome and re­de­vel­op­ment of the Elm Street and Euharlee school build­ings in Rock­mart.

The work in Rock­mart will con­vert the two old schools into res­i­den­tial units with one, two, three and four bed­room units.

The project will also in­clude ren­o­va­tions of the old gym and con­struc­tion of a new swim­ming pool.

“We’re just in the process of try­ing to hire an ar­chi­tect,” Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor San­dra Hud­son said.

What to do with the old schools in Rock­mart has been in the works for a long time. As far back as be­fore the 2008 re­ces­sion, plans for the Elm Street School fluc­tu­ated be­tween hous­ing and po­ten­tially pro­vid­ing the Rock­mart Fire Depart­ment with a sec­ond sta­tion.

The fo­cus for the most part in postre­ces­sion plan­ning has been on hous­ing for both de­vel­op­ments.

In 2014, plans were dis­cussed for Rock­mart city of­fi­cials to work with the NWGHA to se­cure grants to work on a de­vel­op­ment of Elm Street School for low cost hous­ing for lo­cal fam­i­lies,

uti­liz­ing the 60,000 square foot build­ing and 11 acres of land avail­able.

The city in 2017 also held pub­lic hear­ings over what to do with the Euharlee school build­ing, with the idea that it would be­come a se­nior hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at the time.

Hud­son sought at the time to build a 14-unit hous­ing de­vel­op­ment within the old school, and add on 26 new units

on the avail­able prop­erty.

Rock­mart of­fi­cials were just learn­ing of the new de­vel­op­ments on both prop­er­ties put forth by the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity Board late last week. They are ex­pected to pro­vide a state­ment at a later date about the planned new hous­ing.

/ Doug Walker

Hous­ing con­sul­tant Ch­eryl Molock holds up leas­ing re­ports for the North­west Ge­or­gia Hous­ing Au­thor­ity to ex­am­ine. Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor San­dra Hud­son (left) and au­thor­ity Chair­man Lee Hight re­view doc­u­ments in their board packet.

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