The zoning commission will consider for the second time plans to demolish the vacant Hunt Magnet School in east Macon to make way for a new shopping center and an apartment complex.
The matter was first heard Sept. 28 by the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission, but it deferred the rezoning applications until Monday’s meeting to give the applicant an opportunity to meet with area residents.
The 10-acre site at 990 Shurling Drive at the intersection with Kitchens Road must be rezoned from a single-family residential district to allow the developments. A portion of the property — 5.6 acres — must be rezoned to a general commercial district to allow the shopping center and convenience store with gas islands. The other 4.4 acres must be rezoned to a multi-family residential district to allow the apartments. The property is owned by Kunj Investments Inc.
At the September zoning meeting, some residents objected to the development, especially citing traffic concerns. However, the applicant’s representative said the development was a good fit and that the traffic created wouldn’t be a problem for the area.
“The overall impact should be minimal based on existing and projected traffic counts,” the commission staff report states.
Hunt Magnet School closed in 2003, and its students moved to Burdell-Hunt Elementary School.
ITEMS DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:
1129 Georgia Ave.: In violation of Section 27.08 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (failure to restore a brick wall as required by ZC #07-2383), HR-3 District. James Rowland, Shirley Rowland.
1129 Georgia Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a wall, HR-3 District. James Rowland, Shirley Rowland, applicant.
4581 Forsyth Road: In violation of Zoning Compliance #02-0793 by not providing adequate approved off-site parking, C-4 District. Joel Kennedy.
3037 South Lizella Road: Conditional use to allow a manufactured home as a second dwelling on a parcel with variance in unit width, design, placement, and lot width requirements, A-Agricultural District. Stephen Newberry, applicant.
5350 Houston Road: Conditional use to allow a proposed church, M-1 District. Danny Jones; New Dawn Ministries International, applicant.
4321 Interstate Drive: Conditional use to allow sales and service of golf carts in an existing building, PDI District. Aaron Bell; Central Georgia Golf Cars LLC, applicant.
171 Spring St. and 952 Riverside Drive Lane: Conditional use to allow an electrical contractor’s office/ warehouse in an existing building, HPD District/HR-3 District. Keith Rollins; Speir & Associates, applicant.
8062 Eisenhower Parkway: Conditional use to allow a professional office center/business center, PDE District. Widner & Associates, applicant.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
490 Cherry St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of an awning, CBD-1 District. Gregory Smith, applicant.
2025 Vineville Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a proposed freestanding sign, HR-3 District. Wimberly Treadwell, applicant.
200 Third St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of building renovations and modification of landscaping, CBD-1 District. Daly Smith, applicant.
5161 Mount Pleasant Church Road: Variance to allow platting of property not fronting a public right-of-way, A-Agricultural District. Emily Jones, applicant.
3985 Arkwright Road: Variance to allow subdivision of an office park into lots not fronting a public right-of-way, C-2 District (09-1424). Overlook At Arkwright LLC, applicant.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.