Perry reviews commercial rezoning west of I-75

chwright@macon.comJuly 16, 2013 

PERRY -- Commercial development west of Interstate 75 in Perry will happen, and land under consideration for rezoning is proof, city officials said Tuesday.

Perry City Council held a public hearing at its council meeting for an annexation application for land just west of I-75 and a request for it to be rezoned from agriculture to commercial.

“There’s no guarantee there’s going to be anything done with it just because they’re taking this particular step,” said Lee Gilmour, city manager. “But taking this step is making it more marketable.”

City Council will vote Aug. 6 on the annexation and rezoning application.

Ed Beckham Jr., owner of the property, was the only resident to speak at the public hearing. He said his family recently purchased the land because the interstate fronts the property, which is just south of Perry Parkway and east of U.S. 41.

The family already owns about 25 acres north of the newly acquired land.

“We just want to assemble it with that property to” make the other plot more attractive for development, Beckham said.

There are few businesses in the area now, but Beckham’s application is in line with the city’s vision, Gilmour said.

Commercial businesses have blossomed on the east side of the interstate, where Perry is primarily located. Most property in the city limits on the west side of the highway is residential.

“It’s not as fast growing as other parts of the city,” said Mike Beecham, community development director. “We expect that to change.”

Beecham said a hotel, convenience store and former pecan supplier are located in the immediate area of the land under consideration.

He said such spot business ideas aren’t what will spur commercial development there.

“It’s going to take someone to build it as a unit,” Beecham said, “instead of something here and then something there.”

Also at the meeting, City Council unanimously approved a new phase of Wooden Eagle Subdivision.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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