Some Rome residents are upset with plans for a new hotel to be built in their community and a Lyerly businessman is representing the company that plans to build the hotel.
Hometown Headlines reported that at a meeting of the Rome City Commission this week, residents of the Summerville Park neighborhood were told that they have no options and no way to stop the plans to build a Choice Hotel Brand “Sleep Inn” in the area.
The property in questioned is owned by Rushaya LLC, which is represented by Tony Patel of Lyerly. Rushaya purchased the property for $215,000 and plans to build the hotel.
Rome Mayor Bill Collins, who said that he raised his family in Summerville Park, said that there was no “magic wand” to wave to change the plans. The property was rezoned decades ago and allows for the building of the hotel.
Hometown Headlines reports that Rome City Commissioner Craig McDaniel says he spoke to Patel whom, he says, gave him a figure needed to repurchase the property. He didn’t disclose the number but said it would take the neighborhood’s resources and some “deep pockets” to accomplish. If successful, he says, the property could be rezoned to prevent the hotel. Some reports say that the purchase price Patel is asking is $450,000.