Weve asked for public information and really not been provided that information, said Chad Johnfroe, co-president of the community association. He said that a great deal of what the group has requested is information available to the public through filed documents and online.
Specifically what were looking for is this memorandum of understanding between Mercy Housing and the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. That is the one document that we have requested and they have been elusive to provide. Weve not seen anything.
Johnfroe said the association has received a letter from city attorney David Smith, who was out of town Friday.
Etowah Terrace Senior Housing is the first phase of a proposed mixed-income housing plan for the area across South Broad Street from Myrtle Hill Cemetery occupied by boarded-up houses. It would consist of 35 one-bedroom apartments and 42 two-bedroom apartments. Seven units would be rented at market rate, and 70 would be rented to lower-income people.
Some opponents have spoken against subsidized housing in South Rome; others have spoken against the location. All have cited what they call a lack of communication about the proposal until it was submitted to the Rome Community Development Committee for a resolution of support.
We have signed petitions from all over the community, Johnfroe said. Were not opposed to the public housing, Were opposed to where they want to put it and how it came about.
The City Commission voted 7-1 to support the development, but the Rome-Floyd Planning Commission later unanimously rejected rezoning the area to urban mixed-use, despite a staff recommendation that it be approved. The City Commission will vote on the rezoning request April 6.