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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Council rezones ‘The Grove’ for use as bed and breakfast
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Courtesy Photo: Rocky Mount Town Council has approved a rezoning request for The Grove on Floyd Avenue in Rocky Mount to be used as a bed and breakfast operation. The historic home is owned by the widow of the late T. Keister Greer.

Friday, November 15, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A unanimous vote of approval by Rocky Mount Council Tuesday night cleared the way for a historic house and about 10 acres, commonly known as "The Grove," to be converted into a bed and breakfast operation.

The vote followed a public hearing at which no one spoke in opposition.

Elizabeth Greer, owner of The Grove, said she had lived at the home at 50 Floyd Avenue for 23 years.

"I am estatic that the buyers will preserve all the buildings," said Elizabeth Greer. "I had to find the right buyers."

"This is the happiest I have been in 23 years and that was when I married Keister (Greer)," she added.

T. Keister Greer, now deceased, was a well known attorney and author who owned the property.

Greer said she believes the bed and breakfast will be great for the town and fit in well with the nearby Harvester Performance Center.

Bryan Hochstein, representing a partnership making an offer to purchase The Grove, said he believes the bed and breakfast will be a vibrant part of the community.

The final closing on the property could not be completed until council voted to rezone the property from Residential 1 to CBD (Central Business District) that allows for bed and breakfast operations.

The bed and breakfast establishment will also operate an outdoor assembly space for weddings, receptions, reunions and other events on the property.

In other matters, town council:

•voted to extend, one time only, the deadline to pay personal property taxes. The deadline was extended from Feb. 28 to March 31.

•voted to spend $6,545 for a digital evidence viewer system for cameras in Rocky Mount Police Department vehicles.

•voted to spend $6,000 for a new pump for the Power Mill pumping station to replace a pump that failed.

•approved the purchase of new data equipment that can monitor all operations within the water plant and wastewater plant.

•voted to rebid cleaning services for the town municipal building, farmers' market, depot and park facilities.

The low bid submitted was $21,420 per year.

Council member Bobby Cundiff said he thought the bid submitted was too high and asked that the cleaning services be rebid. The motion was approved with a 6-0 vote.

 
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