A long-term supportive living home for men recovering from addictions and other “life-crippling choices” is planned on Sardis Church Road.
The Nehemiah Men’s Home, a ministry of Mikado Baptist Church, is planning to buy about 20 acres at 4325/4371 Sardis Church Road and has applied for a conditional use permit to allow the men’s home. The site is within a mile of the church, according to the commission’s staff report.
The application is on Monday’s agenda for the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. However, a portion of the property may need to be rezoned before the men’s home could be allowed, the report states.
The property consists of two tracts: a vacant 17.7-acre tract at 4325 Sardis Church Road, which is in a single-family residential district, and a 3.34-acre tract at 4371 Sardis Church Road, which is zoned agricultural. The smaller site has a single-family house, a utility building and a storage building on it.
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Plans are to combine the tracts and convert the existing house into a six- to eight-month “intense mentoring and discipleship program (for up to 12 men) who are committed to restoring their lives and recovering their families,” according to a letter from applicant Todd Robinson, executive director of Nehemiah Men’s Home. The facility would provide transitional housing, leadership training, “and other necessary life skills for men recovering from addictions and other life-crippling choices,” the letter states.
But “since a supportive living home is neither permitted nor conditional” in a residential district, the 17.7-acre site would need to be rezoned to agricultural and then combined with the smaller site that already has that zoning, the staff report states.
Also, the planning and zoning attorney advised staff that such a facility would require special notice for the rezoning and a hearing held at least six months prior to a final decision by the commission.
In another matter, a conditional-use permit is being sought for a new charter school -- Macon Charter Academy -- in a residential district at 151 Madison St.
The property is the site of the existing Hope Academy, formerly known as Progressive Christian Academy and Green Street Elementary. The majority of the existing school buildings are in disrepair and need to be demolished or removed, according to applicant Steven Rowland with Rowland Engineering.
The plan includes using two of the newest existing structures and constructing a new 45,000-square-foot, two-story building. Multipurpose play fields are proposed where the existing school building will be removed. The new school would support 800 to 900 students from kindergarten through eighth grade, according to the staff report.
The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the 10th floor conference room, Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex, 682 Cherry St.
Other items on the agenda are:
1900 Shurling Drive: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, C-2 District. Daylon Martin; New Covenant Church of Middle Georgia, applicant.
652 New St.: Conditional use to allow mixed-used development (retail and residential building), CBD-1 District. Nick Patel, applicant.
4690 North Mumford Road: Conditional use to allow a new mixed-use building, A-Agricultural District. Georgia Industrial Children’s Home; Steven Rowland, applicant.
3268 Avondale Mill Road: Variance in sign requirements, M-2/A-Agricultural District. Rosson Sign Co., applicant.
1056/1058 Brookford Road: Variance in setback requirements, R-1A District. Overlook at Arkwright; Ryan Griffin, applicant.
652 New St.: Variance in parking requirements, CBD-1 District. Nick Patel, applicant.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
1294 Appleton Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of roofing material, HR-3 District. Kathryn Traci Spires, applicant.
652 New St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of demolition and new construction, CBD-1 District. Nick Patel, applicant.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.