A church withdrew its plan Monday for a long-term supportive living home for men recovering from addictions and other “life-crippling choices” on Sardis Church Road.
The Nehemiah Men’s Home, a ministry of Mikado Baptist Church, planned to buy about 20 acres at 4325/4371 Sardis Church Road and applied for a conditional use permit to allow the men’s home. The site is within a mile of the church.
The application for the permit was on Monday’s agenda for the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.
Several people attended the meeting opposing the plan for the home.
Sue Caldwell, representing a senior development near the location, said she retired from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles and knew that not all people who did something wrong would necessarily do something wrong again.
“I have a lot of sympathy for these individuals, but I don’t see putting them in the middle of a neighborhood,” Caldwell said. “I don’t think we should have to take a chance on things that could go wrong at a facility like this.”
After listening to other residents who live near the site present their reasons why they didn’t want the home in their neighborhood, the pastor of the church, Rusty Smith, withdrew the request.
“The last thing we want to do is cause problems in the community,” Smith said. “We love our community. ... We need to withdraw this. ... We are trying every way we can to not only help people but stay within the guidelines of the law. ... There is a place out there for us. I believe it’s not this place.”
Other items on the agenda were:
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. Approved.
652 New St.: Conditional use to allow mixed-used development (retail and residential building), CBD-1 District. Nick Patel, applicant. Approved.
4690 North Mumford Road: Conditional use to allow a new mixed-use building, A-Agricultural District. Georgia Industrial Children’s Home; Steven Rowland, applicant. Approved.
151 Madison St.: Conditional use to allow a new construction/charter school, R-3 District. Macon Classical Academy, Steven Rowland, applicant. Approved.
3268 Avondale Mill Road: Variance in sign requirements, M-2/A-Agricultural District. Rosson Sign Co., applicant. Approved.
1056/1058 Brookford Road: Variance in setback requirements, R-1A District. Overlook at Arkwright; Ryan Griffin, applicant. Approved.
652 New St.: Variance in parking requirements, CBD-1 District. Nick Patel, applicant. Approved.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
1294 Appleton Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of roofing material, HR-3 District. Kathryn Traci Spires, applicant. Approved.
652 New St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of demolition and new construction, CBD-1 District. Nick Patel, applicant. Approved.
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