MACON, Ga. — Editor's Note: Video in this story is from Oct. 4 coverage on a Bibb zoning board convenience store work session.
Amid a 90-day moratorium for new convenience stores, the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission approved rezoning for proposed new construction previously under consideration.
Ashok Patel secured planned development commercial designation for the 6.28 acres at 4987 Bloomfield Road, formerly zoned with adjoining lots as single-family residential just south of Chambers Road and north of Brownley Drive.
“There’s no house on it,” Patel told the commission.
His building plan refers to the 5,250 building as a grocery store with fuel sales and 1,250 of retail tenant space for a small shop or nail salon.
Under Macon-Bibb County’s recently revised definitions for such businesses applying for alcohol licenses, the store would be considered a food mart with fuel sales, or a gas station. Grocery stores must be at least 10,000 square feet, under the county’s designation.
The site plan for Patel’s building still must be approved at a later date.
New builder for Bridgewood Coves
The ranch-style, ADA compliant building is only expected to be an office for about 18 months until the remaining lots and new houses in that neighborhood are sold.
“They will only be using it for this development. That’s one of the questions we asked,” Zoning Director Randi Doveton told commissioners before the meeting.
Once the neighborhood sells, the 14-space parking lot will be removed from the adjacent lot where another home will go up.
“We’ve done this in multiple communities,” applicant Larry Chucci said. “Now we’re coming into the Macon area.”
LGI Homes, which is based in The Woodlands, Texas, has been building homes since 2003 and focuses on first-time home buyers, the applicants said.
“We’re excited about being in this market and continuing our growth here,” the vice president of construction for Georgia and Alabama told commissioners. “We’re sold out in every neighborhood we have across Atlanta and Georgia.”
Chucci said the builders own 100 of the 140 lots across Hartley Bridge Road from Oakview Club Drive. The fledgling south Bibb County neighborhood stalled in mid-development like many others in the recession.
The average square footage of the new homes would be between 1,800 and 2,400 square feet, but the applicants declined to give the home price range other than to say it would be comparable to the local market.
New car wash
Commissioners also approved a new car wash for 4780 Riverside Drive and neighboring lot just north of Interstate 75. The 3.09 acre-tract is already zoned for general commercial.
The builder only plans to use 1.33 acres for the tunnel car wash in an operation that will employ three people between the hours of 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The other half of the property will not be developed.
The nearly 4,000 square foot automated car wash will have 24 outside vacuums, a canopied sales kiosk and prep area.
Other items approved
1051 College St. – construction of a new shed permitted in the rear of the residence.
5500 Sardis Church Road – variance granted to allow a garage addition.
Civic Journalism Senior Fellow Liz Fabian covers Macon-Bibb County government entities and can be reached at email@example.com or 478-301-2976.