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More commercial on the way for Hwy. 34 E

Plans have been proposed for further commercial development at the retail center along Ga. Highway 34 and Andrew Bailey Road near Thomas Crossroads. A public hearing in January will include a proposal to establish a national chain restaurant and other retail businesses in a 9,400 sq. ft. building which has been vacant since it was constructed in 2007.

The 2.38-acre site located at 15 Thomas Grace Annex Lane off Andrew Bailey Road is currently zoned C-4 (Commercial Service District). The request would have the zoning changed to C-3 (Commercial Retail District) to accommodate a restaurant and other retail businesses.

The site is located within the existing Thomas Grace Annex Business Center. Constructed in 2007, the building has been vacant since that time.

Coweta County Planning Director Robert Tolleson in a Nov. 18 letter said the developer advised that a national restaurant chain will be occupying 3,500 sq. ft. of the building, with other retail businesses occupying the remaining 5,940 sq. ft.

Bordered by Ga. Highway 34 to the south, existing land uses in the business center include fast food restaurants on the south, a skating rink on the east, a print shop, fast food restaurant and fitness center on the north and undeveloped commercial districts on the west.

The Coweta County Planning and Zoning Dept. is recommending approval of the rezoning request. The request is consistent with the Coweta County Comprehensive Plan and the proposed use is supported as a goal of redevelopment given that the current structure is vacant.

The property in 2013 was valued at $885,323.

The county commission will hold a public hearing on the request on Jan. 23.

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