Marshall Square revisions OK

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:49 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 10:09 PM
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The Columbia County Commission approved site plans revisions for Marshall Square at its Tuesday meeting allowing conditions set forth by the Columbia County Planning and Zoning Board in addition to one its own.

Commissioners approved 4-1 a motion to approve changes to the 2007 site plan. The 47-acre planned unit development was approved with several conditions recommended by the planning commission at its April 16 meeting, which included eliminating one of seven four-story residential buildings from the project.

Commissioner Charles Allen abstained from the vote.

The change in apartment buildings planned for the mixed-use development had reduced the number of proposed up-scale apartments from 338 to 288. The residential buildings are said to resemble a historic Williamsburg style, and four “live/work” buildings fronting Evans Town Center Boulevard also are planned.

The commission also added a condition that would limit the density to 14 residential units per acre on the 13.5 acres designated for the apartment development.

A public square will be included into the project with retail units occupying the first floor of two residential buildings closest to the square.

Developers and citizens spoke limitedly both for and against the site plan revisions in the packed room.

“I think it’s important that the vision for Marshall Square is integrated into the vision for the Evans Town Center,” said Commissioner Ron Thigpen. “I think that’s of interest to all of our citizens, and I would just say that I’m hopeful that we can continue to work together to make that happen.”

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