Industrial space, warehouses could be headed next to movie studio

Thu, 05/08/2008 - 3:40pm
By: Ben Nelms

Coweta County Commission is set to hold two public hearing June 12 on proposed developments on Chestlehurst Road off Ga. Highway 16 just east of Senoia. One of the proposals seeks to rezone 8.459 acres from Rural Conservation (RC) to Light Industrial (LM) for offices, warehouses and shop space while the other seeks to rezone two tracts totaling approximately six acres to establish a church and Christian retreat facility.

The 8.459-acre tract would be near the existing Riverwood Studios located on 109 acres a short distance away at the end of Chestlehurst Road, according to county Director of Planning Robert Tolleson. Applicant Kudzu Properties, Inc. wants to compliment the Riverwood Studios facility by providing independent space for support industries such as special effects, construction, grip and lighting, and props, Tolleson said.

Tolleson said the proposal includes six warehouse-type buildings, each totaling 15,000 square feet. Each building would have separate parking facilities and a loading dock. County staff estimated 446 vehicle trips, with 50 percent entering and 50 percent exited, on weekdays, diminishing to 110 on Saturdays and 71 on Sundays.

Tolleson noted that the recently passed House Bill 1100 allows film, digital and video production companies a 30 percent tax credit. The incentive credit will make Georgia more competitive in the film industry, he said, with Riverwood Studios expecting to benefit from increased business.

The second public hearing June 12 involves a rezoning request by Billy and Jacquelyn Ponder for a 4.219-acre tract and another totaling 1.926 acres also on Chestlehurst Road. The applicants are requesting a amendment to the conditional use already in place on the larger tract to allow for the construction of a 7,000 square-foot church building with 250 seats. Connected to the church by a covered walkway would be a 4,900 square-foot Christian retreat facility containing 10 bedrooms, Tolleson said.

The smaller tract has been proposed for rezoning from Commercial Service District-conditional to RC in order to incorporate it into the Ponder’s existing residential lot to the south, Tolleson said.

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