Modern convenience store expected at busy Macon intersection

lmorris@macon.comNovember 24, 2012 

One corner of Riverside Drive and Spring Street in Macon may be getting a new look.

Plans include tearing down the existing Exxon convenience store, a training building, part of the gas canopy and fuel pumps at 893 Riverside Drive, according to a certificate of appropriateness filed with the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission. The permit is only for the demolition work and renovations to the gas pump area and a separate permit will be issued for the new building.

The item is on Monday’s meeting agenda as a ratification item, which means it likely will be approved without discussion.

Plans call for a new 3,800-square-foot convenience store -- about 400 square feet larger than the existing store -- to be built in the back corner of the lot adjacent to Burger King. The exterior of the building will consist of stucco and stone and will have a metal roof, according to the commission’s staff report. The rear building wall facing the adjoining property will consist of painted decorative concrete block.

The property is in the central business district and the commission’s design review board reviewed the application Nov. 19 and recommended approval.

The meeting begins 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:

CONDITIONAL USES:

2224 Midway Road: Conditional use to allow a second dwelling with variance in lot width requirements, A-Agricultural District. David Bennett, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

1116 Ash St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design and material approval of a privacy fence, HPD-BH District. Historic Macon; Carrie Robinson, applicant.

VARIANCES:

1116 Ash St.: Variance in design requirements to allow a privacy fence, HPD-BH District. Historic Macon; Carrie Robinson, applicant.

107 Arlington Row: Variance in height and setback requirements to allow a fence, R-1AAA District. Gary Stroup, applicant.

SIGNS:

5642 Houston Road: Conditional use to allow an electronic graphic display sign with variance in distance requirements, C-5 District. Johnny Shoemaker; Shady Vent Aluminum Products Inc., applicant.

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

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