Two multi-family projects to come before Macon’s zoning commission

lmorris@macon.comMay 10, 2014 

Two multi-family residential developments -- both involving former school buildings -- are expected to be discussed Monday by the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.

Altogether, the projects would create more than 120 housing units.

One of the multi-family developments, at 990 Shurling Drive and 1620 Kitchens Road, requires rezoning approval of about 3 acres of a 10-acre site from a commercial district to a multi-family district, according to the commission’s staff report. The remaining 7 acres is already zoned for multi-family residential. The site is near the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center just off Gray Highway.

In-Fill Housing Inc., a nonprofit development company formed by the Macon Housing Authority and led by Bruce Gerwig, plans to develop 60 housing units for seniors, some of which would be in the former Hunt Elementary School. Two additional buildings also will be constructed on the property for additional apartments and a community center.

The development would have 27 two-bedroom, one-bath units and 33 one-bedroom, one-bath units.

“The proposed development is consistent with the existing land-use pattern in the area and conforms to the future land-use plan which recommends institutional uses for this site,” the staff report states. “The proposal will not adversely impact the living conditions in the area.”

The developer also has submitted a request for a conditional-use permit for the rehabilitation of the former school and construction of the two additional buildings.

Another multi-family development is planned at 2241 Montpelier Ave. at the site of the former A.L. Miller High School. Louisville, Kentucky-based Oracle Consulting Services LLC is requesting a conditional-use permit to allow a multi-family development with 62 apartments as well as the construction of nine single-family dwellings on the 11.27-acre tract.

Plans are to convert the former school buildings into apartments and the single-family homes would be built on the western section of the site abutting Birch Street, according to the staff report. The homes would be sold or rented.

Amenities would include a playground and a gazebo but no swimming pool. The proposal includes the demolition of the school’s former gymnasium and this area would become green space.

The site was put on the 2008 Georgia Trust list of places in peril and is specifically listed on Macon’s 2011 Urban Renewal Plan as a target property for rehabilitation.

Both multi-family developments are expected to be financed using state and federal tax credits.

The commission 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:

2720 Riverside Drive: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, C-4 District. William Fambro, All Things Are Possible Ministries, applicant.

1871 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow used car sales, C-2 District. Amarender Reddy, Gold Stone Automotive, applicant.

1127 Kitchens St.: Conditional use to allow a building addition (fellowship hall/multi-purpose building), R-2 District. Stafford Builders & Consultants Inc., Union Baptist Church, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

861 High St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a sign, HR-3 District. First Baptist Church of Christ, Bill McLees, MBS Architects, applicant.

552-580 Cherry St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, CBD-1 District. Urban Development Concepts LLC, applicant.

VARIANCES:

305 Buford Place: Variance in setback and height requirements to allow a fence, HR-1 District. Ryan Willis, applicant.

101 Tyler Court: Variance in setback requirements to allow an accessory building, R-1AAA District. John Burney, applicant.

1084 Tucker Road: Variance in height requirements to allow a fence, A-Agricultural District. Jeni Bagnato, applicant.

VIOLATIONS:

4885 Log Cabin Drive/4023 Lafayette Drive: In violation of the conditions of approval of Zoning Compliance #13-0666 (storing vehicles), R-2/R-1A District. Flex Kabuye, Kegs Auto Sales.

222 Emery Highway/221-233 Astor St.: In violation of Section 27.05 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (storing vehicles in various stages of repair and storage of vehicles related to another business), C-2 District. Flex Kabuye, Kegs Auto Sales.

ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION -- VARIANCES:

182 Lakeloch Drive: Variance in setback requirements to allow a fence, PDR District [14-0454]. Kevin Reaves, applicant.

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

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