September 27, 2021–8:53 p.m.
The Rome City Commission approved the purchase of the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property Monday night.
The State of Georgia recently accepted an offer of $2.25 million from the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority to purchase the 132.5-acre site for economic development.
The vote was not unanimous.
Commissioner Mark Cohran expressed a desire to use the property for housing.
“The velocity of money associated with somebody living in Rome is much higher than the velocity of money associated with somebody who works in Rome,” he said. “Imagine all the nurses and all the other workers that we could have living in Rome instead of driving to Paulding, to Calhoun, Dalton, or to somewhere like that. Imagine the impact it would have on our economy if we actually have those people, like teachers, living in our community, the community that they serve.”
Commissioner Randy Quick spoke in favor of the purchase.
“I’m very, very proud of the team and I’m very proud of the support that we got from out our state representatives to go down and really make a unified proposal that brought something to fruition that we’ve been trying to get for over a decade,” he said. “This gives us the opportunity to now market this piece of property for unlimited possibilities.”
The Floyd County Commission is also expected to approve the purchase when they meet Tuesday night.