Perry rezoning draws neighbors’ ire

mstucka@macon.comMay 20, 2014 

PERRY -- Dozens of residents from around the Wooden Eagle subdivision turned out Tuesday to protest a planned gas station at a busy corner just outside the large development.

No residents supported the proposal, which could shoehorn a gas station into a 0.81-acre lot at the corner of Lake Joy and Sandefur roads. The property is now home to a 1950-vintage home neighbors say hasn’t been kept up.

Neighbor Sharon Fuerst said she moved into the area only after making sure the corner would stay residential.

“We love our community, and we just don’t want to see it change,” Fuerst told City Council members.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first hearing of the rezoning process. The property owner wants the lot, at 481 Lake Joy Road, rezoned from a planned unit development to C-2 general commercial. City staff suggested a limited commercial zoning could be more appropriate. City Council is expected to vote on the request at the June 3 hearing. The Perry Planning Commission opposes the rezoning request.

Separately, City Council tabled a request for another rezoning at the corner of Houston Lake Drive and Third Street, so staff members could talk to owners.

The city also fielded two requests to use Perry Primary School, even though the city doesn’t control the building. Loaves and Fishes would like to move in to save on rent money, and the Perry Public Library needs a temporary location for a year and a half while the permanent building is renovated and expanded. Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said he would contact the representatives if and when the city ever got control of the building.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, [SoftReturn]call 744-4251.

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