‘Tasteful’ club in downtown Macon seeks zoning approval

lmorris@macon.comJanuary 12, 2013 

A new club that would provide “a tasteful gathering place for adults and raise the standard for bars” is planned for downtown Macon, according to a zoning application.

An application for a conditional-use permit for The Pub at 567 Cherry St. is on Monday’s agenda of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.

Plans are to use a portion of the 5,200-square-foot two-story building as a nightclub, according to the commission’s staff report.

However, the applicant, Christian Rivero, says in a statement submitted with his application “this will, by no means, be a nightclub. It is intended as a small, intimate bar where patrons will be able to socialize comfortably.”

But based on definitions in the regulations, the facility would be a nightclub because plans are to have live music on weekends.

According to the applicant, the club would operate 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday and 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. A jukebox would provide music during the week with live musical entertainment on weekends.

In another matter, the commission is also expected to address a conditional-use permit for a group home for at-risk youths in southwest Bibb County near the city limits.

Plans are to care for six children, 12 to 18 years old, in a 2,000-square-foot house at 2490 Heath Road, according to applicant Selena Hudgins. According to the Bibb County Tax Assessor’s website, Hudgins has owned the home since 2007.

Care would be provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a staff of four people, according to the staff’s report. Children would be referred to the home by the Department of Family and Children Services.

“The children are not placed in her care via the Department of Juvenile Justice,” the report states.

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:

3268 Avondale Mill Road: Conditional use to allow a sanctuary addition to an existing church, A-Agricultural District, M-2 District. Widner & Associates; Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church, applicant.

5996 Forsyth Road: Conditional use to allow a music school/studio within a portion of a residential structure, A-Agricultural District. Michael Gardiner, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

1195 Columbus St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications, HR-3 District. John Goodrich, applicant.

1120 Georgia Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications, HR-3 District. David Merrill, applicant.

501 College St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a sign, HR-3 District. Wendy Cassidy; Stanislaus Properties, applicant.

246 Buford Place: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a building addition (deck enclosure), HR-1 District. Sidney Haynes, applicant.

2417 Clayton St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, HR-1 District. David Thompson, applicant.

VARIANCES:

2792 Portland Place: Variance in side yard setback requirements to allow an attached carport, R-1A District. Robert Lee, applicant.

1780 Anthony Road: Variance in setback requirements to allow subdivision of property, R-3 District. Boone Smith IV, applicant.

SIGNS:

2840 Riverside Drive: Variance in distance requirements from a residential structure to allow an electronic graphic display sign (EGD), C-2 District. John Beckworth; Chattahoochee Oil Co., applicant.

2353 Ingleside Ave.: Variance in distance requirements from a residential structure to allow an electronic digital display sign, C-1 District. Rob Patterson; Main Street Village Market, applicant.

4005 Vineville Ave.: Conditional use to allow a multi-message billboard with variance in setback requirements, PDE District. Charles Thompson; George Greer, applicant.

INTERPRETATIONS:

4859 Fulton Mill Road: Interpretation of Section 26.08 and Section 6.02 [1] of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution regarding the parking/storage of a commercial vehicle. Billy Sisk; Jonathan Alderman, applicant.

VIOLATIONS:

4437 Columbus Road: In violation of Section 25.07 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (excessive wall signs), PDC District. Yong Kim.

ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:

MANUFACTURED HOMES:

5960 Falcon Way: Conditional use to allow replacement of a manufactured home as the second dwelling with variance width requirements and variance in placement requirements, A-Agricultural District (12-1622 & 12-1623). Alvin and Cheryl Underwood, applicant.

1411 Macgillicuddy Drive: Conditional use to allow a manufactured home, A-Agricultural District (12-1647). Tyler Jolissaint, applicant.

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

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