Kumho Tire is taking another step toward building its $413 million manufacturing plant in Macon.
The company has applied to the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission for a conditional-use permit to allow revisions to a previously approved site plan.
Plans call for the 907,417-square-foot plant, which would employ about 450 people. The commission approved an application for the facility after the company announced its plans to build in Macon-Bibb County in 2008, but construction was delayed several times due to a global financial crisis. Subsequently, the application expired.
In July, company officials said Kumho would begin construction this month.
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The new application is a renewal of the previous proposal with minor site plan changes, according to the commission’s staff report.
The facility consists of a one-story main factory building, a three-story mixing plant, a two-story head office, a two-story community center with a cafeteria or snack bar, a one-story utility building and several accessory buildings, according to the commission’s staff report. Several silos and oil tanks will be installed at the site.
The application is on Monday’s meeting agenda as a ratification item, which usually means it would be approved without discussion.
In another matter, an application for the demolition of the Douglass House at 873 Pine St., which was deferred at the July 28 meeting, is back on Monday’s agenda.
Jim Rollins, a commercial real estate broker, asked for the delay so an offer from Mercer University could be worked out “to see if we can save the house.”
Rollins represents applicant Lou Patel, owner of D&D Middle Georgia LLC, who now owns the Douglass House property. The site is adjacent to the former Tremont Temple Baptist Church property where Patel plans to build a Dunkin’ Donuts. Patel received approval this year from the zoning commission to demolish the church, and it was razed in March.
The commission’s Design Review Board had recommended denial of the demolition of the Douglass House at its July 21 meeting.
The building was home to Charles Douglass, a successful black Macon businessman in the early 1900s who developed and managed the Douglass Theatre for nearly 30 years.
Rollins and Patel have said they don’t want the house torn down but that they were compelled to request the demolition after earlier arrangements to move the house -- made with state Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon, Mercer and Historic Macon -- did not move along as expected. As of Friday, the only new document filed with the commission since July 21 is a letter to Patel dated July 26 signed “Lillian Ray, Douglass Granddaughter.”
Ray thanked Patel for letting her in the house to take photographs and said she appreciated his efforts in trying to save the house by donating it so it could be moved and restored.
“If moving the house to another location cannot be accomplished, I want you to know that I have no objection to tearing it down,” Ray said in the letter. “I understand the situation that you are faced with. .... I support you in your business endeavor.”
The 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:
4290 Dellwood Drive: Conditional use to allow convenience store with fuel sales, C-1 District. Kunj Patel, applicant.
8351 Eisenhower Parkway: Conditional use to allow used auto sales, C-2 District. Kaushik Patel, applicant.
3805 Napier Ave.: Conditional use to allow a day care center within an existing church, R-2 District. Ervin Clowers, Glorious Hope Baptist Church, applicant.
240 Baconsfield Drive: Conditional use to allow an ambulance service, C-4 District. John Padgett, Southeast Ambulance Service Inc., applicant.
114 Trailer Park Drive: Conditional use to allow a travel trailer park with variance in access requirements, C-4 District. Brazawa Krowa LLC, applicant.
2816 Avondale Mill Road: Conditional use to allow a borrow pit, A-Agricultural District. Steve Rowland, Cunningham & Rowland, applicant.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
727 Fifth St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a sign and an access ramp, CBD-2 District. Clay Chatham, applicant.
123 Lake Ridge Drive: Variance in height requirements to allow a fence, R-1AAA District. Stephen Martin, S. Martin Construction, applicant.
ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:
866 Second St.: Conditional use to allow a medical office (dialysis clinic), CBD-2 District [14-20420]. Carter & Sloope, Central Georgia Kidney Specialists, applicant.
484/488 First St.: Conditional use to allow a pint café and growler fill station, CBD-1 District [14-20459]. Jeff Kressin & Beth Kressin, Lazy Dog Growler, applicant.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.