Milledgeville Planning & Zoning Board denies two requests for group housing, approves one

Monday night about two dozen people gathered at Milledgeville City Hall to discuss group housing around the Georgia College and State University campus. 
 
Milledgeville resident, Richard Sims, wants to "fix up" three historic homes in the Milledgeville Historic District.
 
Currently the three properties are zoned as single-family homes, so Sims is asking for a pardon from the city that would allow multiple students to live in them. 
 
Sims proposed that two of the properties would be used for fraternity or sorority housing, while the third property would be used as a large group home for up to eight students. 
 
During the meeting, some residents raised concerns that Greek housing would bring added noise, garbage, partying, and parking concerns to the historic district. 
 
Others argued that Sims would do a good job of re-modeling some of these old, dilapidated homes and make the neighborhood look better.
 
The planning and zoning board voted in favor of allowing Sims to rebuild one home for a fraternity or sorority, but denied the other two requests.
 
"We tried to give everyone who wants to have an opportunity to speak to have their voice heard and we make a decision and then pass our opinion along to the city council and they make the final decision," says Planning and Zoning Chairman, David Grant.
 
The Milledgeville City Council will vote on the three properties within the next few weeks. 
 
 


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