PERRY -- An open field at the corner of Houston Lake Road and Ga. 127 could begin a transformation into a commercial development by the end of this summer.
Perry City Council voted last week to annex the land into the city limits and give it a C-2 zoning, said Brent Conway, senior project manager with Peacock Partnership, which is representing the propertys unnamed buyer.
Conway said the buyer wants at least one office building, which would host his own office. The rest of the project is already undergoing master planning and could include apartments, Conway said.
The Perry Planning Commission recommended apartments be prohibited on the site, which constitutes about 24 acres. Neighbors also told City Council members they didnt want apartments or other multifamily housing on the site, and some did not want road access to Houston Lake Road.
Perry City Council members ultimately approved the annexation but allowed multifamily housing and access to Houston Lake Road as well as Ga. 127, Conway said. The City Council also approved buffers of 25 feet, while the Planning Commission had recommended 75 feet.
Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said he and council members considered neighbors comments but felt the original request was reasonable. Houston Lake Road is a busy road and is trending toward more commercial uses. An apartment complex is nearby.
What theyre asking to do is not outside the realm of whats already there, Faircloth said.
The commercial zoning was approved in a 4-1 vote, with Councilwoman Phyllis Bynum-Grace absent and Councilman Willie King opposed.
Conway said he expects the city will require the buffers to be vegetated and require the development to have a six-foot fence.
Its too early to tell exactly what will be built on the site.
Right now, were basically just looking at master planning, different options with the property, looking at financials and things like that. So its early stages, Conway said.
He said the first construction could begin in about six months.
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