Zoning commission to consider allowing charter school in north Bibb

lmorris@macon.comJanuary 25, 2014 

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission is expected to consider on Monday an application to allow a charter school in north Bibb County.

The Academy for Classical Education has applied for a conditional-use permit for the school to locate in the former First Data Resources buildings at 5665 New Forsyth Road.

The existing two buildings on the site will be connected by a covered breezeway to create a 200,000-square-foot facility, according to the commission’s staff report.

The school will be developed in phases. Phase one includes 14 classrooms for kindergarten through eighth grade in a portion of the two buildings.

It also includes an additional 40 classrooms, administrative offices, two open courtyards, media center, a cafeteria and gymnasium, according to the report.

During this phase, the school would have as many as 760 students.

The second phase of the project includes 30 more classrooms for ninth through 12th grades. Additional space in the building has not been finalized but would include recreation and fine arts uses.

Total enrollment of 1,600 is expected by 2018 in kindergarten through 12th grades.

In addition, athletic facilities would include a softball field with a fence, football/soccer field, general purpose play field and a gymnasium.

The “commission may wish to address the matter of lighting and public address system due to the proximity of the site to a multi-family complex,” according to the report.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the 10th floor conference room, Willie C. Hill City Hall Annex, 682 Cherry St.

Other items on the agenda are:

CONDITIONAL USES:

453 Pine St.: Conditional use to allow auto repair (transmissions) in an existing building, CBD-1 District. Gary Keefe, Aamco, applicant.

4634 Raley Road: Conditional use to allow a modular unit as a fellowship hall, A-Agricultural District. God’s Church of Worship and Praise, applicant.

2455 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow live entertainment at an existing sports bar/grill, C-2 District. Charity Harris, Overtyme Bar & Grill Inc., applicant.

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