Delayed Hartley Bridge development may move forward

lmorris@macon.comApril 21, 2012 

Six years ago -- before the great recession kicked in -- plans were approved by the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission for a 1,000-acre mixed-use development on the north side of Hartley Bridge Road and west of Interstate 75.

The development was to include more than 1,700 residential units, about 455,000 square feet of commercial uses, 146,000 square feet of office space and 90,000 square feet of institutional space.

But that ambitious plan was put on hold as the recession set in and lingered.

In fall 2008, the commission approved an application for phase I of a proposed shopping center on about 9 acres at 4655 Hartley Bridge Road that included 23,850 square feet of retail space and a 45,000-square-foot Publix grocery store for a total of 69,450 square feet.

At Monday’s commission meeting, the board will consider a conditional-use application to renew the 2008 plan for a shopping center and master signage plan at the same location, referred to as Hartley Station shopping center.

The current plan features a 69,400 square foot shopping center on 7.97 acres. Drawings accompanying the commission’s staff report show Publix as the main anchor. Building facades will consist of stucco, accent brick and cultured stone.

Two signs are proposed with the application: a shopping center identification sign on Hartley Bridge Road and a smaller sign placed on Hartley Station Parkway -- an entrance road to the shopping center.

“The architecture is similar to the proposal four years ago with some changes to make the project more economically feasible as required in the marketplace of 2012 while maintaining the design integrity of the development,” according to a statement from ZT3 Placemaker Studio, a Macon urban planning and design firm. “We feel the current proposal is a quality neighborhood commercial center that should help get the overall development moving forward again as our economy gradually continues to improve.”

The commission meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 10th floor conference room, Willie C. Hill City Hall Annex, 682 Cherry St.

Other items on the agenda are:

ITEMS DEFERRED FROM APRIL 9, 2012:

3780 Northside Drive: Conditional use to allow a business center and Internet café/sweepstakes in an existing building, PDC District. ZT3 Placemaker Studio Inc., Top Copy, applicant.

CONDITIONAL USES:

3285 Houston Ave.: Conditional use to allow a group personal care home, C-1 District. Sam Williams, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

219-227 New St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a fence, CBD-2 District. Mulberry United Methodist Church, applicant.

700 Walnut St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of signage, CBD-2 District. Mike Lewis, The Sign Store, applicant.

SIGNS:

6398 Zebulon Road: Variance in distance requirements from a residential structure to allow an electronic graphic display sign (EGD), PDE District. M.M. Patel, Mike’s Food Store, applicant.

ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:

CONDITIONAL USES:

101 Preston Court: Conditional use to allow a canopy addition to a medical office, PDE District [12-0370]. John Rood, Parrish Construction Group, applicant.

101 Preston Court: Variance in parking requirements to allow a canopy addition to a medical office, PDE District [12-0371]. John Rood, Parrish Construction Group, applicant.

4339 Fulton Mill Road: Variance in length requirements to extend a flag pole to an existing flag lot, A-Agricultural District [12-0377]. Wayne Randall Bishop, applicant.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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