A large truck fuel center planned in south Bibb County that would create about 50 full-time jobs gained approval from planning and zoning officials Monday.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Store Inc. plans to build a fueling center with two restaurants, a convenience store and a tire and maintenance facility at 5189, 5211 and 5251 Sardis Church Road in the I-75 Business Park.
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved Monday a conditional-use application that would allow the truck stop. Also, it approved a variance in sign requirements for the site.
"We are going to make a $12 million investment," William Gleason, real estate project manager for Love's in Falkville, Alabama, said during his presentation.
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Plans call for a primary building with nearly 14,000 square feet of space for the store and restaurants. The separate tire and maintenance building would be about 7,500 square feet.
The fuel center would have seven passenger car fueling stations, 10 stations for semi fueling, 119 parking spaces for trucks and four spaces designated for recreational vehicles.
The parking for trucks "also will alleviate a lot of truck parking along the (interstate) ramps," Gleason said. "Each one of the 48 (continental) states have a shortage of tractor-trailer parking spots for drivers who are mandated by the federal government to pull over and park. This provides a nice, safe environment where they can come in and get their rest and continue on."
The company is buying the 17-acre site from the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority.
In another matter, the commission approved Monday a conditional-use application for one of six buildings in a planned medical office park on 11 acres at 5300 Bowman Road.
It approved a 36,000-square-foot medical office site that would be the main location for Primary Pediatrics, excluding 25 parking spaces on Bowman Road. The building features eight external pods surrounding a central facility, which included 78 exam rooms and labs, waiting areas and offices.
Commissioners had an issue with plans for 393 parking spaces for the medical park ,which is 100 more spaces than required, and they asked the applicant, Steven Rowland with Rowland Engineering Inc., to come back to the commission with new plans for the other five buildings and parking for each.
In a matter that wasn't on the agenda, the commission approved a 90-day moratorium on food trucks in order for its staff to develop regulations for them.
Other items on the agenda were:
DEFERRED FROM FEB. 8 MEETING:
5440 Bowman Road: Conditional use to allow a new tunnel car wash and future building, PDE District. Rowland Engineering Inc., applicant. Deferred.
6024 Moseley Dixon Road: Conditional use to allow outside sales (food truck), A-Agricultural District. Bhaveshkumar Patel, applicant. Deferred.
3910 Arkwright Road: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with alcohol package-to-go sales, C-2 District. Jim Mitchelle, applicant. Deferred.
3783 Vineville Ave.: Conditional use to allow an antique store with retail sales, R-3 District. Cindy and Fred Gonzalez, applicant. Approved.
4380 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a single-family dwelling, C-4 District. Jan Mitchell, applicant. Approved.
7395/7367/7441 Lower Thomaston Road: Conditional use to allow a timber harvest, R-1AA/A-Agricultural District. Paul Barry, applicant. Approved.
5009 Harrison Road: Conditional use to convert an existing hotel into temporary housing (veterans home) Phase I, C-4 District. George Brown, American Aviation Group, applicant. Approved.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:
152 Buford Place: Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish and replace a garage in existing location and replacement of existing fence, HR-1 District. James Stallings Jr., applicant. Approved.
699 Villacrest: Variance in rear setback requirements to allow addition to a church (food pantry), R-1 District. Pastor Prince Moon, applicant. Approved.
1005 College St.: Variance in rear setback requirements to allow a carport, HR-3 District. Bowden Templeton, applicant. Approved.
385 Second St.: In violation of Section 27.08 of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution by violating conditions of Permit 2015-0021044. Posh Lounge. Deferred until April 11 meeting.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223, or follow her on Twitter @MidGaBiz.