The Bibb County Planning and Zoning board turned down plans for a private club at a historic east Macon home Monday afternoon.
Property owner Weyman Hardin wanted to use the chapel, mansion, and garden at 1386 Waverland Dr. as a private club to hold special events.
Monday’s meeting was packed with dozens of people wanting to hear what will be done with the home.
"We would have an initial fee, a one-time fee for you to pay that would allow you to become a member, and then you would pay a usage fee every time you would use the property [for] you and your guest," said Hardin.
Hardin says that it's the best use for the 18,000 square-foot building, but Amy Dever told the committee she was afraid of what might happen.
"We think you should really consider this as not a credible proposal,” said Dever.
She expressed concern that Hardin may one day decide he doesn’t want the property anymore and unsavory business would come into the neighborhood as a result.
The mansion is located in Macon’s Shirley Hills neighborhood -- a historic district of the city.
According to the National Park Service, it's historic because of the architecture and the colonial revival-style houses.
Recently, neighbors got the speed limit on the street lowered to 25 mph.
Robert Harden says he's lived in the neighborhood for 10 years and calls it a quiet and close knit community.
At Monday’s meeting, Harden said he thought that hosting events at the mansion would cause excessive noise and traffic.
"Our concern was crowd control and traffic on the street that has now been designated as a residential street," said Harden.
During the hour long discussion, Hardin said he had enough parking in other areas and that the site will be regulated, and that operating hours for the club would be Monday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
"I'm not talking about using the Waverland Drive Road for any gathering over 10 cars," said Hardin.
In the end, the board decided to not approve the private club.
All members were present except Tim Jones.
Hardin says he'll still hold parties and other events at the home; he just won't charge money for them.
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