Commissioners approve rezonings at meeting

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The Coweta Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to approve rezonings for two long-vacant buildings.

The board also approved a special use permit for a special events facility on Macedonia Road, and a conditional use permit for a church on U.S. Hwy. 29 in north Coweta.

In the first building rezoning, Jack Shepard had requested an amendment to a zoning condition on the building at 3054 Ga. Hwy. 154 at Thomas Crossroads. The building was an ACE Hardware for a short time, and has been vacant for a few years.

Shepard wants to open a furniture and appliance store in the building, but the zoning conditions limit the use to an indoor recreational center, office building, health club/gymnastics school or hardware store. Shepard requested to add “furniture and appliance store” to the approved uses.

Shepard said the store will be mostly furniture, with a few appliances. Shepard said it will be a discount furniture store, “however we’re going to maintain a mid or high level of furniture. We’re not going to get into the low-priced furniture.”

In the second building rezoning TGAL requested a rezoning for an unfinished building at the Thomas Grace Annex, located at the intersection of Hwy. 34 East and Andrew Bailey Road. The large multi-tenant building was never finished and it has been vacant for about six years, said Chuck Ogletree of TGAL. The original zoning was C4, Commercial Service District. TGAL requested a zoning of C3, Commercial Retail, which would allow a restaurant.

“We’ve been lucky enough to get Dickey’s Barbecue Pit as our tenant,” said Ogletree. Then they discovered a restaurant wasn’t allowed.

The building has “multiple issues from structural issues, mold issues,” he said. “We see this as an opportunity to clean up somewhat of a mess out there by getting this tenant in there and bringing this building up.”

Regarding the special events facility, Jerry and Beth DeJarnett want to turn their property at 1390 and 1394 Macedonia Road into a special events facility, to be called Macedonia Hills.

A public hearing was held on the request, but only Jerry DeJarnett spoke. There were some people in the audience who appeared to be in opposition to the request but they did not speak.

Lastly, the commissioners approved a CUP to allow Southwest Christian Church to locate on property on U.S. 29 just north of Hwy. 154.

The church is relocating from East Point, and will be buying 15 acres, with the option to buy 10 more in the future.

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