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Bibb County Planning and Zoning board approves of 3 major housing projects

Bibb County Planning and Zoning board approved of three major housing projects, while denying another project to put in gas station in what neighbors call a quiet neighborhood.

Church Street stands on the east side of Macon. "We have a lot of out of town visitors at the Coliseum Hospital and The Marriott," said Rollins. 

Steven Rowland and James Rollins want to build a convenience store 15 parking spaces and 8 gas pumps along Church Street. 

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Sophia Sanders says she's raised her children there. "If we as taxpayers and residents don't have a say of what comes into our neighbors and you're allowing outsiders to come in and voice their opinion, that's really disappointing as a resident of Macon." said Sanders. 

She doesn't think letting another gas station in the neighborhood is a good idea.

McKenzie James agreed. "There are growing children in this area. For them to have another gas station in this area, to have a third one in between seems really excessive," said James. 

3 other neighbors got up to speak out against the plan.

Rollins says he counted only 29 people in 2 hours driving on Church Street. He doesn't think traffic will be a problem.  

Firefighter Willie Johnson said it would be unsafe for firefighters at a nearby station. "It's right next to there. There's going to be fumes coming into our barracks, carbon monoxide coming into our space," said Johnson. 

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The board voted unanimously against the proposal, while approving three major housing projects -- two senior centers on Northside Drive and Wesleyan drive and a new residence hall for Mercer University.