The Oconee County Planning Commission tonight voted to recommend to the Board of Commissioners that the Board rezone 5.1 acres between Mars Hill Road and Daniells Bridge Road for a small shopping center/office complex.
The Planning Commission added the condition before sending the rezone request on to the BOC that the entrance to the shopping and office complex off Mars Hill Road shall be right turn in and right turn out only.
When Mars Hill Road is widened, the state is likely to install a median making it impossible to make a left turn into the property or out of it, Abe Abouhamdan, the rezone applicant, acknowledged.
Abouhamdan said that a second entrance on Daniells Bridge Road would not be the primary entrance to the property and might not even be built at the time the shopping and office complex is built.
The property currently is owned by Gary and Linda Carroll of Eastpoint, Fla., and is used as residential rental property.
Abouhamdan said the rezone was to bring the property into line with surrounding properties, which are largely already zoned for commercial use.
The 5.1-acre tract is tucked behind a smaller parcel immediately in the corner of Daniells Bridge Road and Mars Hill Road, across Daniells Bridge Road from QuikTrip.
Athens dentist Dr. James J. McDonald Jr. has indicated he plans to build an office building on that 1.6 acre parcel, which includes roadway abandoned when the intersection was upgraded several years ago.
Abouhamdan did not indicate tonight how the proposed building or buildings will be used.
The concept plan shows a single building that will not be more than 22,000 square feet in size.
Abouhamdan operates Abe Consulting, with offices at 2410 Hog Mountain Road. He also is chairman of the Oconee County Citizen Advisory Committee on Land Use and Transportation Planning.
The rezone will be before the Board of Commissioners at its Nov. 6 meeting. That meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the courthouse in Watkinsville.
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