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A large grocery store will reportedly be a new mall near the intersection of Log Cabin Road and North Columbia Street in Milledgeville.

Although officials involved in the development have declined to give the name of the grocery store, sources have suggested it will be a Publix supermarket.

The new mall will be opposite a small mall and near the side entrance of the Kroger store along Log Cabin Road.

The Milledgeville City Council held an initial public hearing last week to consider three ordinances relating to the annexation and rezoning of land related to a particular project on North Columbia Street.

Because the three ordinances are a combined motion and passage of one was tied to passage of all, city officials were only allowed to hold one public hearing, Milledgeville Mayor Pro-Tem Denese Shinholster said.

Ordinance 0-2111-17 amends the City of Milledgeville charter to annex approximately 7.88 acres at 2781 N. Columbia Street to establish zoning as the community’s commercial area and place it in Electoral District 6.

According to Shinholster, Ordinance 0-2111-18 changes the land development code to rededicate the property at 111 Log Cabin Road from SFR-2 to Community Commercial and 0-2111-19 changes the land development code to rededicate the property at 118 Turkey Run from Rezone SFR -2 on community advertising.

The same three ordinances were then read aloud during the public hearing by Bo Danuser, the City Clerk of Milledgeville.

Mervin Graham, who serves as the city’s zoning administrator, informed those attending the meeting that all three lots have been unanimously approved for such changes by members of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

At the public hearing last Tuesday night at Milledgeville City Hall, supporters and opponents of the development expressed their feelings about the proposed project before city officials later voted in favor of it.

The development will be on a wooded lot behind the new Elements Express car wash on Log Cabin Road and on the same side of the road as Community Baptist Church.

Tom Hareas, vice president of development at The Sembler Company of St. Petersburg, Fla., supported the project.

“We are the applicant for the proposed project,” Hareas told city officials. “I’m here to answer any questions that the council, staff or the public have.”

Shinholster then asked if there was anyone who wished to oppose the proposed project.

Scott Salter, a longtime resident of the Quail Place subdivision, said he opposed it.

“And I have two elderly neighbors whose property is adjacent to the 7.88-acre property,” Salter said. “You can’t be here.”

He said he spoke to neighbors earlier in the day and opposed the development on their behalf.

Salter said he couldn’t stop a capitalist society or growth.

“This property is so close to my neighborhood and my neighbors,” Salter said. “It will affect a lot of people here. And I’m afraid it won’t affect us positively. It will completely change our environment. It will change the wildlife that we have there. It will change the noise level.”

Salter said he and his neighbors enjoy their peace and quiet nights.

That would change with big trucks coming to the store at different times of the night with food deliveries, he said.

“Due to the activities that will take place in this new proposal, we will no longer enjoy a good night’s sleep,” Salter said. “My concerns are heartfelt. And like I said, I speak for other people who couldn’t be here.”

Salter said the area of ​​development is in wetlands.

“I’ve lived there for over 25 years,” Salter said. “We have a wonderful neighborhood. Its location is great. We have a multicultural neighborhood – Caucasian, African American, South American, Asian. I know almost everyone there. We all understand each other and live in harmony. And we want to keep that.”

Salter said if the property were approved for commercial use, he feared it would change things and not improve the neighborhood.

Another resident in the same neighborhood, Deborah Freeman, said she believes her property would be adjacent to the new development.

“I’m a bit confused about what’s going to be back there because I’ve heard it’s going to be a grocery store — a Publix, and I’ve also heard it’s going to be a little mall,” she said.

She expressed concern about a buffer between her property and the new development.

“I don’t know who will help with noise levels and crime rates [increase]’ said Freiman. “And I know crime is everywhere.”

She said she has lived there since 1992 and owns property across the street from where she lives.

Three families have already moved out of the neighborhood, Freeman-Cobb said.

Hareas was responding to local residents‘ concerns.

He said the two residents’ comments were all valid concerns.

Hareas said The Sembler Company develops shopping malls – something the company has been involved in for more than 60 years.

“They are neighborhood-scale malls,” Hareas said. “The issues you raised are very common and typical. We always design our projects in such a way that these problems are dealt with in advance.”

Hareas said the new development would share an entrance with the new car wash along Log Cabin Road.

Regarding wildlife in the area, Hareas said he and other staff had decided it was best to preserve the wetlands.

“We put a lot of thought into our planning for the project,” he said.

City Council members later voted and unanimously approved each of the three ordinances.

Among those who voted to approve the ordinances were City Alder members Walter Reynolds, Steve Chambers, Richard Mullins, Dr. Collinda Lee and Shinholster.

City Alderwoman Jeanette Walden did not attend the council meeting and Mayor Mary Parham Copelan was absent due to illness.

Construction of the new shopping center is scheduled to begin this year.

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