Rezoning sought for building on Hwy. 34

by Sarah Fay Campbell


There's a new developer for this unfinished building in the Thomas Grace Annex shopping center, which has sat vacant since its construction in 2006. A national chain restaurant is proposed for a portion of the building.

A long-vacant commercial building at Andrey Bailey Road and Hwy. 34 East may soon be getting new life.

A rezoning hearing for the 2.4-acre site and 9,400-square-foot building will be held during the Jan. 23 meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.

The applicant, TGAL LLC, is proposing a national chain restaurant for a 3,500-square-foot section of the building, with other retail in the remaining portions of the building.

Though the building, which was constructed in 2007, looks completed from the outside, the inside is unfinished, with a gravel floor and no interior walls. It's a multi-unit building with 10 sets of doors.

The property has been foreclosed on twice, and the tract to be rezoned is currently owned by two different banks.

The property was purchased by STM Development LLC in 2006, from Thomas Grace Annex LLC. It was foreclosed upon in December of 2009, according to Coweta County tax records. The property was sold by PEG GPD Partners LLC to Hwy. 34 Retail Partners LLC in September of 2011, and was foreclosed upon in August 2013.

The registered agent for TGAL, Chuck Ogletree, is also president of South-Tree Enterprises, a construction and development company based in Peachtree City, and principal of Parkside Management Group.

The property is currently zoned C-4, Commercial Service district. The request is to go to the C-3, Commercial Retail zoning.

According to the planning department report, the C-3 zone is 'established to protect and promote a suitable environment for those uses which serve the neighborhood.'

Restaurants are not allowed in the C-4 zoning district, which is why the rezoning is needed. There are three restaurants nearby - an H.G. Wings and Things in the building beside the vacant one, and a Taco Bell and KFC fronting Hwy. 34.

The planning department is recommending approval of the request.

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