PTC’s industrial park to shrink to make way for retail?

Tue, 09/04/2007 - 4:25pm
By: John Munford

Thursday night the Peachtree City Council will consider rezoning an industrial tract for commercial use to allow a 21-acre shopping center on Ga. Highway 74 South directly across from the existing Wilshire Pavilion shopping center.

The rezoning was the topic of a lengthy public hearing at the Aug. 16 council meeting, but council passed on a vote in part because there was still a dispute over a few of the allowed uses between developer Columbia Properties and residents of the Wilshire Pavilion neighborhood.

According to a recent memo by City Planner David Rast, both sides reached a compromise at a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Among the changes include the provision for allowing one business to locate there “whose primary business is the sale of alcohol,” although that does not include restaurants. The proposed ordinance limits the one store that can sell alcohol to be no more than 3,000 square feet in size.

Among the uses that will not be allowed on the Columbia Properties site are hotels, auto repair centers, adult-oriented stores, tattoo parlors and “establishments whose primary business is the sale of gasoline or diesel.”

Council also in part tabled the Aug. 16 vote in hopes they could consider a proposal from Dominion Partners to use a separate part of the tract for a campus-style senior care facility, but Dominion has asked that the matter, originally scheduled for a public hearing Thursday night, be continued to a later date.

Dominion has proposed building up to 350 senior apartments on 26 acres behind the proposed shopping center, along with 160-180 independent living homes, 48 assisted living units and 24 “memory care” apartment homes. The project is being called “Somerby of Peachtree City.”

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