|Facility will feature outdoor space for weddings, receptions, reunions|
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The Grove in Rocky Mount is under new ownership. The historic house will become a bed and breakfast operation.
Friday, December 27, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
"The Grove", an historic house and about 10 acres at the corner of Franklin Street and Floyd Avenue in Rocky Mount, is now under new ownership.
Closing on the property was completed Friday, according to Bryan Hockstein, one of the partners who purchased the property and plan to convert the house into a bed and breakfast operation.
The purchase price was not disclosed.
The closing on the property came after Rocky Mount Town Council voted last month to approve rezoning the property from Residential 1 to CBD (Central Business District)
The former owner of The Grove was Elizabeth Greer, the wife of the late Keister Greer, a well-known lawyer and author.
Hockstein said the The Grove Bed and Breakfast LLC will have five bedrooms, four upstairs and one downstairs. Two of the business partners will live in a wing of the house.
The house will have a large dining room and kitchen area, Hockstein said. It will also feature a sitting room and a library.
Each of the bedrooms will have a private bathroom, Hockstein added.
"We're very excited about this project," he said. "We've got a lot of yard work to do, and we're lining up contractors to work on the project."
The bed and breakfast establishment will also feature an outdoor assembly space for weddings, receptions, reunions and other events.
"We think the property offers a nice setting because of its location," Hockstein said. "The goal is to have everything done and ready for business by May."