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P&Z: New development proposed at site of former Hunt school

Plans are to demolish the vacant Hunt Magnet School in east Macon and build a new shopping center and an apartment complex.

But the 10-acre site at 990 Shurling Drive at the intersection with Kitchens Road must be rezoned from a single-family residential district to allow the developments. A portion of the property — 5.6 acres — must be rezoned to a general commercial district to allow the shopping center and convenience store with gas islands. The other 4.4 acres must be rezoned to a multi-family residential district to allow the apartments. The property is owned by Kunj Investments Inc.

The separate rezoning applications are on Monday’s agenda for the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.

Hunt Magnet School closed in 2003, and its students moved to the Burdell-Hunt Elementary School.

The overall square footage of the shopping center and convenience store would total about 18,000 square feet. The proposed use would generate 2,814 vehicle trips on weekdays and 1,568 trips on weekends, according to the commission’s staff report.

The 64-unit apartment complex would create a density of 12 units per acre, the staff report states. Plans are for a clubhouse and total of four apartment buildings with 16 units in each building. The proposed use would generate 424 trips on weekdays and 409 trips on weekends.

The existing traffic count along this section of Shurling Drive is about 28,020 average daily trips.

“The overall impact should be minimal based on existing and projected traffic counts,” the report states.

“A proposed development of this type will maintain the existing land use pattern within the Shurling Drive corridor, thereby continuing a compatible trend which would not adversely influence living conditions in the surrounding areas,” the staff report states.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at Macon City Hall, 700 Poplar St.

Other items on the agenda are:

ITEMS DEFERRED FROM SEPT. 14, 2009, MEETING:

7788 Zebulon Road: Conditional use to allow a communication tower (monopole), A-Agricultural District. Karl Hazen, SBA Tower II LLC, applicant.

163 Bradstone Circle: Variance in side yard setback requirements to allow a single-family dwelling, R-1A District. MLC-Mike Casteel Construction, applicant.

CONDITIONAL USES:

248 Straight St.: Conditional use to allow a building addition (2 story) to an existing church, R-2 District. Stafford Builders, New Piney Grove Baptist Church, applicant.

2661-2665 Allen Road: Conditional use to allow site plan revisions to a previously approved single-family cluster development, PDR District. David McCrory, applicant.

5659 Zebulon Road: Conditional use to allow a church, R-1AAA & PDR District. Victory Christian Center, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

2691 Stanislaus Circle: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow change in roofing material, HR-1 District. Trudie Sessions, applicant.

293 Corbin Ave.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior renovations to an existing dwelling, HR-1 District. Bickley Design Build Service, applicant.

230 Third St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of facade modifications, CBD-1 District. Lumley & Howell, Kerry Howell LLC, applicant.

VARIANCES:

4841 Harmon Place Extension: Variance in platting requirements to allow subdivision of a parcel, A-Agricultural District. Love Harmon, applicant.

VIOLATIONS:

120 Montclair Court: In violation of Section 4.11 [2] (a) and Section 4.11 [3] (a) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (wall erected in excess of 8 feet in height and unfinished side of wall exposed to the exterior), R-1AAA District. Kathy Tripp.

ITEMS FOR COMMISSION RATIFICATION:

VARIANCES:

3625 Pio Nono Ave.: Variance in setback requirements to allow a fence, C-4 District (091290). Randall Odom, SunTrust Bank, applicant.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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