Application for sports bar approved by Macon-Bibb zoning board

lmorris@macon.comOctober 14, 2013 

An application for a sports bar on Pio Nono Avenue was approved Monday by the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.

The conditional-use permit will allow a sports bar with live entertainment at a strip shopping center at 3272-3280 Pio Nono Ave. at the intersection with Newberg Avenue.

The applicant, Jeffrey Butts, said he had heard “all the complaints” about the prior tenant, Action Billiards, which included problems with loud noise and trash.

Butts’ attorney, Crystal Boudreaux of Senoia, said Butts has taken a number of steps to be a good neighbor to surrounding businesses and residents.

Butts has painted the exterior of the building, added interior soundproofing, will provide security and have someone keep the parking lot clean, Boudreaux said.

“He’s adding lighting on the outside to improve the appearance,” she said. “He’s very aware of what’s been said (about the place) in the past.”

Commissioner Al Tillman thanked Butts for taking care of some of the “complaints and concerns we have had in the past,” he said.

Butts said he plans to host pool or billiards competitions and have comedians, live music or a disc jockey.

The club is expected to be open 9 p.m.-2 a.m., he said.

Other items on the agenda:

ITEMS DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:

329 Main St., 272 Schell Ave.: Proposal to rezone from R-2, Two-Family Residential District to C-2, General Commercial District. The purpose of this rezoning is to bring the zoning classification into conformity with the existing commercial land use(s). Martha Chafin, Wayne Crowley, applicant. Deferred to Nov. 12.

CONDITIONAL USES:

3047 Hartley Bridge Road: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, C-2 District. Timothy Fountain, The Welcome Center Church, applicant. Approved.

3301 Chestney Road, 253 Apple Valley Road: Conditional use to allow a timber harvest (select cut) R-1A District & PDR District. Quality Forest Products, JD Construction Co., applicant. Approved.

6311-B Hawkinsville Road: Conditional use to allow retail sales (thrift/consignment shop), M-1 District. Stefanie Lee Adams, applicant. Approved.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

1085 Georgia Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications with a building addition, HR-3 District. Shannon Fickling, applicant. Approved.

VARIANCES:

7449 Zebulon Road: Variance in location requirements to allow an accessory building (carport) between the building line of the main dwelling and the right-of-way line, A-Agricultural District. Anthony Pullum, Karen Pullum, applicant. Approved.

SIGNS:

6511 Houston Road: Variance in distance requirements to allow an electronic graphics display sign (EGD), A-Agricultural District. Mike Lewis, The Sign Store, applicant. Approved.

4581 Forsyth Road: Variance to allow an electronic graphic display panel (EGD), C-4 District. ZT3 Placemaker Studio Inc., Peggy Thompson, applicant. Deferred.

ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:

CONDITIONAL USES:

1090 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow an auto storage lot, C-2 District [13-1224]. Five Star Automotive, applicant. Approved.

855 Tolliver Place: Conditional use to allow a modular classrooms at an existing school (six total), R-3 District [13-1246]. Chris Clark, Carter & Sloope Inc., applicant. Approved.

SIGNS:

5400 Bowman Road: Variance in the number of miscellaneous signs, PDE District [13-1232]. Denise Stroud, Stroud & Co., applicant. Approved.

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

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