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Macon-Bibb P&Z to consider big Mercer project across from stadium

A multimillion dollar development planned to go across the street from Mercer University will be considered at Monday’s meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission.

Applicant Zan Thompson of ZT3 Placemaker Studio is seeking rezoning and conditional use for 1496 Mercer University Drive, 1840 Canton St. and 1805-1875 Mercer Road from a General Commercial District to a Planned Development Extraordinary District to allow a mixed-use development that would include student housing, retail and office space, and a hotel and restaurant. The area is across from Mercer University Stadium.

The development, a $40 million to $50 million project spearheaded by Mercer University, would cover about 7.78 acres total. The 94-room hotel would include the restaurant and retail space, while an adjacent lot would also include a four-story residential component with 96 units of different sizes, as well as commercial space, according to staff reports.

It would be similar in concept to the lofts at Mercer Village. There also would be a five-level parking deck with 395 parking spaces and a pedestrian bridge over Mercer University Drive to connect the development to the main campus, staff reports show.

Thompson also is seeking the same rezoning at 1594 and 1580 Mercer University Drive for the project.

The commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the 10th floor conference room of the Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex, 682 Cherry St.

Other items on the agenda are:

ITEMS DEFERRED FROM NOV. 24 MEETING:

1409 Tucker Road: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel island, A-Agricultural District. Kunj Construction, applicant.

CONDITIONAL USES:

1085 Georgia Ave.: Conditional use to allow guest quarters in an existing building (3 rooms) HR-3 District. Donald Bivings, applicant.

5429 Bowman Road: Conditional use to revise a previously approved site plan and conditional use to allow final site plan approval of a mixed use development (retail & residential), PDE District. Zan Thompson, ZT3 Placemaker Studio, applicant.

CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

656/698 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow partial demolition of a structure and exterior modifications, CBD-2 District. Derek Aynsley, Aderhold Properties Inc., applicant.

VARIANCES:

2882 Avondale Mill Road: Variance to allow platting of property not fronting a public right-of-way, A-Agricultural District. Glen Clary, Wayne Crowley, applicant.

822 Heatherbrooke Lane: Variance to encroach into a landscape buffer, PDE District. Matt Gilbert, Three Oaks Construction & Development, applicant.

VIOLATIONS:

560 Moreland Ave.: In violation of Section 4.11 [1] (b) and Section 4.11 [2] (a) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (distance of a fence from the public right-of-way and fence in excess of 4 feet in height in the front yard), R-1 District. Milton Woodford.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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