Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023–5:52 p.m.
-David Crowder, WRGA News-
Demolition of the former Relax Inn between Martha Berry Boulevard, North Fifth Avenue, and West 11th Street began on Monday.
The demolition will make way for a new development known as The Point by Atlanta-based 33 Holdings.
During the rezoning hearing before the Rome City Commission on Oct. 25, 2021, the developer proposed 200 apartment units, 20,000 square feet of retail space, and an approximate 500-car parking facility. He added there were plans to have streetscapes as well.
A number of nearby business owners enthusiastically spoke during that public hearing in favor of the project, with one calling it a potential gateway to Downtown Rome.
The former Enterprise rental car building at the point, a former convenience, and a medical building on Martha Berry Boulevard will also be demolished as part of the project.