Rezoning for Martinez townhome project approved

Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:41 PM
Last updated 8:56 PM
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Over objections of residential neighbors, Colum­bia County’s Planning Com­mis­sion agreed Thursday to rezone a dormant Martinez office plaza for townhomes.

The 3.25-acre site on Furys Ferry Road at Old Fer­ry Road was developed in 2008 as an office park, laid out with parking lots, curbs and landscaping. No offices have been built there, and last year First Bank seized the land through foreclosure.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to allow Joe H. Todd, the president of JHT Con­struc­tion of Evans, to turn the site into 25 single-family, brick townhomes, with a minimum of 1,400 square feet per unit.

“The market has spoken pretty loudly that (offices) are not a good fit for this area,” Todd said. If county commissioners give final approval, he said he expects construction to begin by the end of summer.

About a dozen residents of the adjacent Oak Brook subdivision attended the meeting, and several spoke in opposition to the project. Most said the anticipated $120,000-per-unit sale price of the townhomes would hurt the values of their homes, which they put in the $160,000 range.

“I’m just using common sense,” said Oak Brook resident Scott Kirchhoff. “Common sense says if you put those behind these houses, with a $40,000 difference, it’s not going to make the value of our homes go up.”

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Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 05/03/13 - 04:47 am
Who the heck would want to

Who the heck would want to live on Fury's Ferry Road...with all that horrible traffic?? And to cram all those houses in that little bit of space? And when did the housing market get so much better that this guy wants to build an entire neighborhood? Oh least it'll give some illegals some work for awhile.

soapy_725 05/03/13 - 06:53 am
William Few Pkwy at Riverwood will be next.

Another planned area that has not "panned out", as in gold. This will be a great asset to the entrance of The Plantation. Five lanes of William Few Pkwy with Section 8 housing and strip malls in the swamp.

And then Washington Rd at General Wood which Kiokee Baptist seems to own?

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/03/13 - 08:34 am
Coming to our senses

I guess people are now realizing that building McMansions was a bad idea. Small residences with common walls crammed six to an acre are our post-recession reality. Small is good.

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