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Rezoning requested for 132 apartments

On Monday, Aug. 7, the Adel City Council held the first reading of Ordinance #17-02, rezoning property owned by Forrest Caldwell and John Scarboro on East Fourth Street.

 

Prior to the first reading, Council Member Michael Purvis made a motion, followed by a unanimous second from Council Member Butch Fausett, to enter into a public hearing to gain input on the rezoning request. The request is for five parcels on East Fourth Street, at the intersection of Bear Creek Road.

 

According to the application, the applicant intends to rezone the property to allow for the construction of apartments/townhouses. Architect Jimmy Cone spoke on behalf of the application and presented drawings of the proposed complex to the Council for their review.

 

While in public hearing, the Council further asked for input on the variance request associated with the same property to increase the number of units per acre on multifamily units.

 

The variance is an increase from 12 units per acre to 18 units per acre. Jimmy Cone added that this is allowed in Valdosta, and “if you have a planned development, you can increase the density to 24 units per acre.”

 

Cone said the total acreage for the East Fourth Street development is 7.38 acres and will include a total of 132 units, 12 of those being townhouses. A halfmile walking trail is also planned around the property, and the community will be gated. The apartments will include three-story buildings and offer either two or three bedrooms.

 

Developer Brian Stone was present and indicated the rezoning would be a moot point without the variance to allow for the planned number of units.

 

Susan Griffin, who lives directly in front of the proposed development, spoke on behalf of the application and variance. She said that while she doesn╩╝t want the value of her property to go down, Stone had sat down with her and explained the project. She said she feels “he is a man who will honor his word, and if he does what he says, anything would be a miracle on that piece of property.” There is constant battle with weeds and overgrowth around the two houses that are currently there, she added. “Anything would be an asset.”

 

There was no one present to speak against the application or variance request, and the public hearing was declared closed. The second reading and adoption of the rezoning ordinance is set for the Monday, Aug. 21, meeting. 


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