The Locust Grove city council held a public hearing on Monday, May 16, to consider an applicantâ€™s request for the next industrial project within the city. The property consists of 124 acres located between I-75 and state route 42.
The applicant, Sansone Group of St. Louis, MO, is proposing three buildings for a total square footage of 882,200 sq ft.
Sansone Group Project
The 124-acre property is located east of I-75 north of the existing Home Depot distribution center. It proposes one vehicular access point off highway 42. The site driveway will line up across from Pine Grove Road.
The applicant is requesting a rezoning from RA (residential agricultural) to M-1 (light manufacturing). M-1 zoning is consistent with neighboring properties.
Zoning conditions drafted by staff would limit the property to warehousing or distribution use only.
Representatives for the applicant spoke in favor of the request. A major question posed to the applicant by members of the city council was whether SR 42 at Pine Grove Road should receive a traffic light to support the new development. According to the project engineer, the traffic impact study did not warrant a new signal. The council also requested the applicant to preserve right of way along highway 42 for a future four-lane widening project.
Clayton Carte, owner of Moving Henry Forward and candidate for Georgia State House, was the lone speaker in opposition. Following his comments, the city council engaged in lengthy discussion how best to build a new access road through the subject property. The proposed access road would connect the Home Depot distribution center and Colvin Drive with Bethlehem Road. This would best facilitate truck movements between the various industrial buildings and the future Bethlehem Road interchange. The access road would also limit truck traffic on highway 42.
In addition, Mr. Carte requested the city remove the proposed condition that limits the site to distribution uses only. Light manufacturing uses, such as the upcoming indoor lettuce farm, typically offers higher-wage jobs than solely distribution.
The city council will vote on the rezoning request during their next meeting on Monday, June 7. Before the meeting, the applicant and city staff will continue dialogue about proposed zoning conditions. Staff will present a final draft to the council when they next meet.
Featured image shows the concept site plan for Sansone Group project in Locust Grove. Photo credit E&A.
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