A permit to allow Chipotle Mexican Grill with patio seating in north Bibb County was approved Monday by the zoning commission.
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission’s staff recommended approval of the conditional-use permit prior to the meeting, and the commission approved it during the meeting.
The Denver-based company plans a restaurant with alcohol sales at 120 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. in the Riverside Commons shopping center.
Chipotle plans to “build-out and renovate the end cap tenant space and add a fenced outdoor patio seating area,” according to the commission’s staff report. “Plans are to have 22 seats on the patio.”
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The restaurant will join Panda Express and Five Guys Burgers and Fries in the shopping center. The chain has about 30 restaurants in Georgia.
In another matter, the commission approved a conditional-use permit to allow a parking lot at 1219, 1227 and 1243 Oglethorpe St., which will serve as additional parking for Mercer University’s Tattnall Square Center for the Arts that opened last month. The center is on the corner of College and Oglethorpe streets. Also, the commission approved a certificate of appropriateness to allow demolition of three houses for the parking lot. Mercer bought the three parcels in 2013.
Engineer Dan Wallace, representing Mercer, said the commission’s Design Review Board agreed last week that the structures were not historically significant buildings and recommended approval of the demolition. The parking lot would be landscaped with lights similar to others on Mercer campus, he said.
The parking lot would be located between the arts center and the Bear’s Den restaurant.
“Hopefully it will provide some overflow for the Bear’s Den,” Wallace said.
James Webb, president of the Intown Macon Neighborhood Association, said he wasn’t at the meeting “to oppose (Mercer’s parking lot plan), but I’m not here to support it either.”
He said that while the houses may not be historically significant and may cost too much to move and renovate, more should be done to save older homes in Macon.
“I’m going to ask (planning and zoning) to work with us in the future to come up with a demolition-by-neglect plan to see it doesn’t happen again,” Webb said.
He said homeowners should not be allowed to neglect their homes until the only resort is to tear them down.
Other items on the agenda:
3125 Hartley Bridge Road: Conditional use to allow a 160-foot telecommunications tower, A-Agricultural District. Chase Ruffin, Verizon Wireless, applicant. Approved.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
2904 Vineville Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of new freestanding signage, HR-3 District. PSA Healthcare, The Sign Store, applicant. Approved.
443 Third St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of new wall sign, CBD-1 District. Blair Lofts, The Sign Store, applicant. Approved.
312 Corporate Parkway: Variance to reduce distance between buildings and to reduce undisturbed buffer, M-1 District. Steve Rowland, Rowland Engineering Inc., applicant. Approved.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.