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Shopping center plan for north Bibb County back on zoning agenda

A proposed Bass Road retail project previously deferred by the zoning commission is on the agenda for Monday’s meeting. It was deferred to allow the developer time to change the design.

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission is expected to discuss a conditional-use application to allow a shopping center at 1625 Bass Road and Starcadia Circle and a variance in parking and sign requirements.

Lennar Commercial Investments plans to develop a 250,000-square-foot shopping center on about 38 acres.

At the June 22 meeting, commission Chairman Kamal Azar said he would like to see the project redesigned so it didn’t look generic. He said the design was dated and the developer was trying to put too much on the property. The matter was deferred again at the July 27 meeting by the applicant.

In an effort to address the commission’s concerns about the site plan and design of the structures, the developer’s proposed changes include:

Sidewalks through shady landscaped islands to connect the out parcels and the center of Starcadia Circle.

Two pedestrian plazas with benches, paving treatments and bike racks.

Outdoor dining to add ambiance to the urban feel. There is potential for roof-top dining.

Increased landscaping, including larger trees, to make it more pedestrian friendly and more aesthetically pleasing. Landscaping has been added to help hide the rear of buildings.

Material enhancements, including bolder vertical elements, to provide more interest in buildings.

Traffic calming features to control traffic and reinforce the pedestrian environment.

A village cluster layout or U-shaped cluster has been used for the center of Starcadia Circle.

The applicant is also seeking a variance for 493 less parking spaces and a 2-foot variance on the length of parking spaces.

“The applicant has attempted to make the development more human-scale by incorporating the use of contrasting materials, awnings on many of the facades and building offsets,” according to the commission’s staff report. “This use of design elements aids in adding visual interest and defining the spaces by breaking the large, wide buildings into smaller more human-scale spaces.”

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

Other items on the agenda are:

REZONINGS:

7658 Hawkinsville Road: Proposal to rezone from A-Agricultural District to M-1, Wholesale and Light Industrial District. The purpose of this rezoning is to allow custom laser engraving with custom grips and stocks for firearms. Donald Clough, applicant.

CONDITIONAL USES:

7658 Hawkinsville Road: Conditional use to allow laser engraving with custom grips and stocks for firearms, A-Agricultural District [M-1,Wholesale and Light Industrial District Pending]. Donald Clough, applicant.

3200 Northside Drive: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, C-2 District. Kenneth Davis, applicant.

2822 Bloomfield Drive: Conditional use to allow a nightclub with alcohol consumed on premises, C-2 District. Yong Tedder, applicant.

2046 Felton Ave.: Conditional use to allow an after-school program in an existing building, R-2 District. Paul Kelley, Macon Educational Resource Learning Center, applicant.

6237 Zebulon Road: Conditional use to allow a restaurant with drive-thru, PDE District. Cleve Cunningham, applicant.

SIGNS:

265 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd: Variance in aggregate signage and area of a single sign, C-2 District. Columbus Signs & Lighting LLC., applicant.

INTERPRETATIONS:

408 Orange St.: Interpretation that apartments as they exist are a legal non-conforming use, HR-3 District. Ray Richard, Richard Property Investments LLC, applicant.

RATIFICATION:

2035 Felton Ave.: Conditional use to allow professional offices for a construction company, R-3 District [15-20860]. David Danzie, applicant.

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