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HPC OKs addition to Hawthorn Suites

October 19, 2017 GMT

Rome businessman Ira Levy has been given the green light for a 35-room addition to his Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham hotel property. The Rome Historic Preservation Commission signed off on revised plans for the project without any dissent Wednesday.

Architect Robert Noble represented Levy at the HPC meeting Wednesday and explained the primary changes involve the addition of a second level parking area and a minimal increase in the square footage of the building.

Three floors of guest rooms will top the building. The new building will be constructed parallel to the Oostanaula River, between the existing hotel and the Third Avenue parking deck.

The footprint will be located closer to West First Street and be connected to the existing main entrance to the hotel by a covered breezeway.

Asked by HPC Chairman Harry Wise about a timeline for the project, Noble said, “He’s ready to proceed as soon as we get all of the drawings done.” The architect said Levy, who was out of town Wednesday afternoon, hoped to start construction before the end of the year and that it would take about nine to ten months to complete the addition. The 35-room addition would bring the total at the Hawthorn up to an even 100 rooms. The HPC also approved plans for a sunroom on the back of a home at 9 Pear St. in the Between the Rivers Historic District.

The request was submitted by Resch Construction of Rome.