Peacock Recycling received an OK Monday from the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission which will allow the company to greatly increase the size of its warehouse.
“I have a 40-by-40 foot warehouse which was fine when I started,” said owner Eddie Peacock. “Now I have over 12,000 customers bringing in material.”
Peacock applied for a conditional-use permit to allow an addition to an existing building that was deemed a legal nonconforming use by the commission in 1997. Plans are to add a 26,100-square-foot addition, giving a total of about 28,000 square feet of warehouse space.
Peacock said one of the main reasons for needing the building is to be able to secure the material he gets in to keep people from stealing the metal.
“As we all know thievery is rampant because of the economy,” said Jim McMillan, who will be managing the property for Peacock. “It’s a hardship if (Peacock) has to leave it open and can’t secure it. ... Also from an appearance standpoint, it would improve what people say looks like a junk yard.”
The property has been used for recycling since the late 1940s, according to a narrative provided by Peacock.
“This operation is not a ‘junk’ yard,” the narrative stated. “... It is a modern industry exporting its products from Macon to not only large domestic out-of-state corporations but also exports to China, Korea and other foreign nations bringing in millions of dollars into Macon and Bibb County.”
In another matter, an application for a spa at 6728 Hawkinsville Road was expected to be heard at Monday’s meeting. However, the applicant, Clarence Jones, did not appear and the item was automatically withdrawn.
Other items on the agenda were:
ITEMS DEFERRED FROM PRIOR MEETINGS:
4035 Metro Way: Variance to allow a beauty salon in an accessory building in a residential district, R-1A District. Phyllis Gibson, applicant. Approved.
4450 Forsyth Road: Conditional use to allow outside display, C-4 District. Robert Carson; Money Mizer Pawn & Jewelers, applicant. Approved.
3268 Avondale Mill Road: Conditional use to allow a temporary classroom (trailer), M-2/A-Agricultural District. Shawn Stafford, applicant. Approved for five years.
2960 Napier Ave., 0 Bartlett St.: Conditional use to allow a temporary training classroom (trailer), C-2 District. Shawn Stafford, applicant. Approved for five years.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
1193 Forsyth St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of signage, HC District. Rosson Sign Co., applicant. Approved.
1066 Magnolia St. and 1052 Magnolia St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of tree removal and replacement, HR-2 District. Carey Pickard; Christopher Howard, applicant. Approved.
807 Cherry St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of exterior modifications, HC District. Robert Brown, applicant. Approved.
711 Guy Paine Road: Variance in height requirements to allow an electric fence, M-1 District. Michael Pate, applicant. Approved.
1193 Forsyth St.: Variance aggregate signage requirement and variance to allow a second freestanding sign, HC District. Rosson Sign Co., applicant. Approved.
4450 Forsyth Road: Variance in distance from a residential structure to allow an electronic graphic display sign (EGD), C-2 District. Robert Carson; Money Mizer Pawn & Jewelers, applicant. Deferred to Jan. 23 meeting.
3771 Mercer University Drive: Variance in distance from a residential structure to allow an electronic graphic display sign (EGD), C-2 District. Sean King; Best Signs, applicant. Approved.
1687 Bass Road: Conditional use to allow a multi-message billboard with variance in distance requirements, C-4 District. Pinnacle Point Holdings LLC, applicant. Deferred to Jan. 23 meeting.
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