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Condos proposed for Masters Tournament visitors denied by planning commission

Monday, May 5, 2014 6:00 PM
Last updated Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:42 AM
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A new condominium complex proposed for Berckmans Road in walking distance of Augusta National Golf Club was denied Monday by the Augusta Planning Commission.

Sporting event management company Byrom PLC requested rezoning for five lots in the Jamestown neighborhood on Margate Drive, which backs up to Berckmans Road, to build 16 condo units for accommodations during Masters Week, according to Augusta attorney Harry Revell, who presented the request on behalf of the corporation.

“They are not, I want the commission to understand, a hospitality house akin to those on Washington Road where 50, 100, 200 people may come during the Masters,” Revell said. “These will be sold to private individuals and corporations as living accommodations.”

Byrom PLC, based in England, paid $1.7 million for the five parcels. The company specializes in ticketing, hospitality and accommodations for global sporting events, including the World Cup and the Ryder Cup.

Two dozen Jamestown residents opposed the condos at Monday’s planning commission meeting, saying the condos encroach on the neighborhood where residents have lived for decades and would increase traffic during Masters Week.

“The zoning request before you would alter the residential character of the neighborhood,” said homeowner George Ransom. “We live in Jamestown for the other 51 weeks of the year as well.”

Robert Barnes, the lone supporter of the request, said he welcomed the condos because the area where he owns property needs “positive, new development.”

Before the commission’s vote, Augusta Planning Director Melanie Wilson recommended denying the request because it was double the existing density of the neighborhood and attached units were not consistent with the subdivision.

The petitioner can take the request before the Augusta Commission on May 20.

Also at the meeting, a request from Verizon Wireless to place a wireless tower on the property of the Masonic Hall on Wrightsboro Road was deferred 90 days. Operators of Daniel Field airport have opposed the tower for air safety concerns.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/05/14 - 11:43 pm
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Harms Masters Week Renters Also

It would also harm those locals renting their homes.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/06/14 - 04:44 am
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I'm telling ya...this idea

I'm telling ya...this idea has been around for awhile now, and somewhere, someplace, there will be accommodations like this specifically for the Masters. I'm thinking the apartment complex already directly behind the National for the CBS folks and others. And, of course, the HUGE amount of land across Washington Road where the old apartments were torn down. The difference is that these areas would be developed by the folks at Augusta National. Well, at least we'll know they'll do it right.

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Bodhisattva 05/06/14 - 05:43 am
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On the other hand

They reroute the entire road system to suite The National for 1 week a year and inconvenience residents the other 51 weeks. Let's see if they deny any zoning changes that are requested by The National in the area. If not, then Augusta gets hit with lawsuits for playing favorites, and the taxpayers get to foot the bills.

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dsterling9 05/06/14 - 09:35 am
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REZONING

Question is why there was no questioning their intent when the purchases/property transfers by/to a foreign entity were taking place. They will most likely succeed. We'll see.

triscuit
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triscuit 05/06/14 - 09:52 am
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If the Augusta National ain't

If the Augusta National ain't happy with it, nobody's happy with it....

corgimom
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corgimom 05/06/14 - 10:01 am
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It is very common for foreign

It is very common for foreign companies to purchase land in the US, and to own and operate businesses here, just as we do in other countries.

Their intent was to develop the property, why else would they buy it?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/06/14 - 10:28 am
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It's all about the golden

It's all about the golden rule. Those with the gold make the rules.

grinder48
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grinder48 05/06/14 - 11:02 am
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The decision
Unpublished

Bottom line - the Augusta Planning Commission will end up doing whatever the ANGC tells them to do, period.

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Dixieman 05/06/14 - 12:12 pm
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This will happen

Eventually. Even if they have to buy up all the neighbors' houses.

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Darby 05/06/14 - 12:47 pm
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"Operators of Daniel Field airport have opposed

the tower for air safety concerns."

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Didn't think the aircraft departing Daniel Field ever got THAT low.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/06/14 - 12:56 pm
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?

Why did they purchase the lots before getting permission? That was dumb.

shamrock
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shamrock 05/06/14 - 01:11 pm
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Augusta National Rules

In other words, unless it receives the blessing of the Augusta National, they can forget it!!!

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Frank I 05/06/14 - 01:14 pm
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some folks aren't going to sell

I know for a fact that some folks in the neighborhood aren't interested in selling to the National, or any of their appendages..

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/06/14 - 02:31 pm
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"it was double the existing

"it was double the existing density of the neighborhood and attached units were not consistent with the subdivision"

I'll bet nobody at Planning and Zoning opposed the cheap apartments they are building at Boykin Rd and Hwy 25 based on the same rationale. I guess they didn't think that huge apartment complex would MUCH MORE than double the density of the existing neighborhood and not be consistent with the EXISTING single family homes in that area. Besides, they know the apartments will inevitably deteriorate into Section 8 and be a great place to relocate the undesirables from their downtown"redevelopment" projects.

More double standards from West Augusta to South Augusta from the Planning and Zoning Commission. I guess Melanie has already figured out which side of the bread the butter is on. Patty is gone but residential South Augusta still suffers and West Augusta and the National are still protected.

You can bet the National had already made some calls to Planning and Zoning. It was already in the bag and they did not even have to say a word at the meeting.

Maybe if that developer proposed some Section 8 apartments for those properties he could get a little more sympathy from Melanie. I see no reason why the welfare folks should be prevented from having walking distance access to the Masters. He could probably even get some kind of HUD subsidies to build them.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/06/14 - 03:41 pm
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Dichotomy- WORD!!!!

Dichotomy- WORD!!!!

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itsanotherday1 05/06/14 - 11:32 pm
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Bod

How does the re-route inconvenience other residents all year?

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