Coweta turns down adjustment to Fischer Crossings

Thu, 01/21/2010 - 4:36pm
By: Ben Nelms

A proposal by Fischer Crossings developer Scott Seymour to make what was called a minor change to a portion of the commercial center was denied Jan. 19 by Coweta County commissioners on a 2-3 vote. Commissioners at a subsequent meeting will review this and two previous proposals for the development.

Commenting on the current project request, county administrator Theron Gay said Seymour’s submission involved only slight changes from the most recent revision that realigned the theater and decreased the number of buildings. Seymour was requesting that a small building be added on the north side of the property, said Planning Director Robert Tolleson.

As with previous recent requests, the current proposal pertained only to the easternmost portion of the development that is situated on the northeast corner of Hwy. 34 and Fischer Road.

Commissioners asked Tolleson if the number of project changes was normal for such a development. Tolleson said, “It is probably more than normal,” adding that the new request provides the county with the opportunity to view the changes made to the project.

Commissioner Rodney Brooks said he would have no problem with the request if it met with staff approval. Gay in response said the request was substantially similar to what the county had already reviewed and approved.

After a brief discussion Brooks, in whose district the development is located, made a motion that the request be approved. The motion was defeated, however, on a 2-3 vote, with Brooks and Commissioner Al Smith voting for in favor and commissioners Randolph Collins, Tim Lassiter and Paul Poole opposed.

Gay at a subsequent meeting will provide commissioners with the original plan, the request approved in December and the most current proposal.

The site plan as originally approved called for four outparcels to be located along Hwy. 54 on the easternmost portion of the development that extends westward to Ga. Highway 34 and Fischer Road. Seymour subsequently requested that the number be decreased to two outparcels. Commissioners approved that request last month.

And pertaining to the proposed theater also on the easternmost portion of the development, Seymour requested that it be relocated from the north side of the property to the east side, effectively positioned at a 90-degree angle from the original plan. NCG theaters announced last month that it will bring 10-12 screens to the site with an expected opening in November.

Across Fischer Road directly to the west, crews are doing grading work for the 136,000 square-foot Sam’s Club store, also expected to open in November.

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