Warner Robins apartment rezoning shot down

mstucka@macon.comMay 5, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- City Council joined more than 200 neighbors in opposing a rezoning that could have placed 200 apartments at the end of a quiet street.

Councilman Clifford Holmes made the motion to uphold the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to reject the application, which he said was met with unanimous opposition from neighbors.

“Nobody called me and asked me to support putting that out there,” Holmes said. Holmes said he’d gotten phone calls on the measure as early as March 24 and as late as just before noon Monday. About 30 neighbors turned out to Monday’s council meeting to show their opposition to the rezoning, which drew more than 200 signatures on a petition. The site is off Wellborn Road, close to Russell Parkway and is behind the Comfort Inn hotel that faces Robins Air Force Base.

David Cranshaw, who has lived along Wynn Place for about 20 years, said he hopes other developers will look at their example and avoid trying to take advantage of a neighborhood by simply adding on to the end of it. He said City Council had been trying to help.

“I don’t know of any of them who haven’t been engaged in this whole conversation about what’s going on and what the residents want,” he said.

With the rezoning measure at its end, “I hope the neighborhood gets to return to its normal way,” Cranshaw told The Telegraph. “I hope we can get the signs out of the front yards. I hope we can stop weed eating around the sign posts.”

Separately, the Warner Robins government is determined to build a new fire station on Ga. 96 but is still hopeful it can get a police precinct there as well.

The fire station is planned for Ga. 96 at Cartwright Drive. City officials hope to build a police precinct onto the fire station, which is what was done with an older station on Lake Joy Road. Money is expected to be tight for the project, and the city’s special purpose local option sales tax collections have been coming in lower than projections.

Mayor Randy Toms said the city already has a contractor and will negotiate the guaranteed maximum price on the fire station in the next two weeks. The city may also be able to do some additional work on the site to save more money for the police precinct.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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