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New auto shop planned on Martha Berry Boulevard

January 16, 2017

The site of a vacant and ramshackle former car detail shop across from Wendy’s on Martha Berry Boulevard is slated for a makeover.

Plans submitted by Jim Williams of Real Market Group in Prattville, Alabama, show an unidentified auto service business in a 6,777-square-foot building — about the size of an AutoZone. New landscaping and buffers also are shown around the three-quarters of an acre tract at the corner of West Eighth Street.

The Rome-Floyd County Board of Adjustments is being asked to approve several variances from the Unified Land Development Code that would allow the project to go forward. The first is to approve new construction on a lot that is not considered wide enough under the ULDC. Williams also wants a reduction in the required 20 feet of landscaping fronting the two roads, to 13 feet along Martha Berry and nine feet along West Eighth. The number of parking spaces and the placement of the building on the small lot also need exemptions from the regulations.

The BOA is expected to issue a ruling after a public hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Rome City Hall, 601 Broad St.

Also on the agenda is an application to replace the sign at Mapco, 2500 Shorter Ave., with a smaller one featuring an LED display. A variance is needed because it is too close to the property line under the ULDC.

The board, which meets monthly, has the power to grant special exceptions to the zoning code on the basis of hardship or other issues on a case-by-case basis.