Plans approved for amusement center on Riverside Drive in Macon

lmorris@macon.comSeptember 24, 2012 

Although members of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission had several questions for the owner of a planned amusement center in north Macon, they approved the application.

The applicant, Scott Breland, filed a conditional-use application for 3096 Riverside Drive to allow an amusement facility in a shopping center near the intersection of Riverside and Northside drives. While the application is for the entire 2,700-square-foot suite, Breland said the entertainment center would occupy 1,530 square feet.

The center would include a pool room, game room with darts, television, Internet service, Wii games and skill machines, he said. Prepackaged food would be sold, such as soft drinks, candy, crackers and chips.

Skill machines could include golf games and other video machines, and users could win merchandise or a variety of gift cards, but no cash rewards, he said.

When asked if the facility would serve alcohol in the future, Breland said, “I don’t think so. We have no intention at this time.”

Retail sales would include items such as darts, dart boards, billiard-related items and video games, he said. The facility would operate 11 a.m.-midnight.

“We have one of these in Byron, and it has done well,” Breland said.

One area resident, Tammy Holloway, who said she was speaking on behalf of several nearby residents, said if gambling is done at the facility it could bring more crime to the area.

Breland said the Byron facility has not brought crime to that area, and he didn’t “see where we would be adding anything that would be creating crime in the (Macon) area.”

When Breland was asked if security would be provided, he said: “If we have to have security, we certainly won’t be there long. We don’t have it in our budget.”

Commissioners agreed that they were looking only at the land-use issue and that the city now regulates the kind of business activity that would take place. The vote was 3-1 with Commissioner Al Tillman voting against the application. Damon King was absent.

Other items on the agenda were:

AMENDMENTS:

An amendment to various sections of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution for the city of Macon and Bibb County, Georgia, to define and establish standards for murals. Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission, applicant. Approved.

An amendment to various sections of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution for the city of Macon and Bibb County, Georgia, to define liquor store, alcohol, convenience store, and neighborhood market and to revise the permitted uses and conditional uses within the CBD-1, Central Business and CBD-2, Central Business districts. Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission, applicant. Approved.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

322 Pio Nono Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a fence, HR-1 District. David Barrett Jr., applicant. Approved.

SIGNS:

3653 Eisenhower Parkway: Variance in aggregate sign area requirements to allow additional wall signs, C-4 District. ID Associates, Office Depot, applicant. Approved.

VIOLATIONS:

505 Ryan Lane: In violation of Section 27.05, 22A.05 [2] (a) and (c), and Section 4.07 [1] (A) (iii) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (building a carport without a zoning compliance, violation of setback and location setback requirements), MHR District. Jimmie A. Chitty. Deferred to Nov. 13 meeting.

ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:

3248 Napier Ave.: Conditional use to allow expansion of a day care center (building addition and enrollment) with variance in side yard setback requirements, R-1 District [12-1221-1222]. Little Lambs Daycare & Learning Center; Stafford Builders & Consultants, applicant. Approved.

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

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