On Tuesday she got some of that.
The South Rome Redevelopment Corporation unanimously recommended approval of a plan from Seagraves, the shelters founder, to relocate the facility from 228 S. Broad St. to the lot at 103 E. 12th St., where the old Spears building now sits.
We are desperate for a new facility, Seagraves told corporation members. This dream is huge. This dream is big. This dream will be costly, but doable.
Seagraves wants to build a new homeless shelter just across from the countys health department, complete with rooms for men and women. Other buildings on the site would include a chapel and food bank as well as furniture and clothing ministries.
The existing building would be removed and materials from it salvaged to be used in the new building.
The building, constructed in 1920, does not sit in a historic district nor is it listed on a historic register.
I am here to be a team player, Seagraves said. I want to play on your team.
Seagraves got her vote of support from the corporation Tuesday, but she also needs the land rezoned to office institutional from light industrial to have a homeless shelter. She plans on bringing that request to the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission and Rome City Commission before making a decision to buy the land in late September.
If purchased, the salvaging process could take 12-18 months. Construction of the $3 million project would take another year