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Martinez townhome rezoning approved

Posted: May 2, 2013 - 7:26pm

Despite the objections of residential neighbors, Columbia County’s Planning Commission Thursday agreed 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 on the site, and last year First Bank seized the land through foreclosure.

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

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

About a dozen residents of the adjacent Oak Brook subdivision attended the meeting, and several spoke in opposition to the project – most asserting that the anticipated $120,000 per unit sale price of the townhomes would hurt the values of their homes, which they valued 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.”

Also Thursday, planning commissioners approved final plats for 25 lots in Magnolia Valley, off William Few Parkway, and 63 lots in Patriots Ridge Section 1, off Columbia Road. They also approved a preliminary plat for Bartram Trail Section 8, with 63 lots.

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soapy_725

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?

my.voice

“I’m just using common

“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.”

Living adjacent to an office park is even less desirable.

maandpa

Just What We Need

Just what the area needs is MORE townhomes, more traffic, more overcrowded classrooms and strain on the school budget. While it is only 25 townhomes, the cycle is never ending and will continue in just another area as it has been. The builders like these cheaply built townhomes on a parcel so small that one person and throw an egg to their neighbor because it is profitable for them, but not necessarily profitable for the community in the long run. Will the county commissioners ever get it?

Paul Ricca

They should reconsider their

They should reconsider their decision here, if the construction is going to cause any inconvenience to the residents then they should not build it. However, now one can find construction companies online, if you need a roofing contractor in Chester County you can find that at http://pcsexteriors.com.

Paul Ricca

They should not take this

They should not take this step here, they should rather listen to the demands of the local residents. However, now many construction projects are taking place which would no doubt help solve the housing problems. But in every building the builders should consider installing the best plumbing system. For this job they should hire a reputed service provider like Rolland Reash Plumbing which they can find at http://rollandreashplumbing.com/plumbing-coupons-jacksonville-fl/.

Mary Chavez

They should not carry out

They should not carry out this project because the local residents are not happy about it. However, when it comes to construction of such big projects, they should hire the most reputed construction company. For interior painting needs they should opt for http://teknikinc.com.

Mary Chavez

They have to figure out why

They have to figure out why the residents are not happy with this project, if they have strong objections then they should shift this project to some other place. However, for the new offices the companies would need to hire skilled workers, for this purpose they should take help of reputed labor staffing companies like Gillmann Services which they can find at http://gillmannservices.com.

Paul Ricca

They should rather shift the

They should rather shift the project to some place else for the sake of the local residents. However, any kind of construction work could make your home dirty, it would be better to hire some professional cleaning services in New York or in other areas to clean up your home.

Paul Ricca

They should have found out

They should have found out why the local residents are not happy with the project taking place here. However, before starting such big projects it is best to hire a Texas land surveyor to measure the area which is being used. It would help them avoid any controversies away.

Mary Chavez

If the residents do not want

If the residents do not want the project to take place here then they should consider talking to the local authorities. Before conducting any construction work in your home you should consider wrapping your valuable decor items properly to keep these away from dirt. It would be better if for your carpets you contact cleaning professionals who provide carpet upholstery protection treatment in Cincinnati region.

Paul Ricca

They should not make any

They should not make any hurry regarding this decision and they have to make all sorts of arrangements to be able to pacify the local residents. However, for this place they should contact a Cleanroom cleaning services provider to improve its present condition.

Mary Chavez

If the neighbors do have

If the neighbors do have problem about this project taking place here then the authorities should reconsider their decision. However, construction works could be messy but often you should do a bit of remodeling to make your place better. You can improve your place if you just install some cool spas and hot tubs which you can find at Factory Direct Hot Tub, they offer South Seas spas in CT.

kenu lorsen

Today, the new tendency is to

Today, the new tendency is to own a home with a garage nearby, because every homeowner wants to secure his properties as best as possible, including his car, and here can be store many other personal stuff. For that to happen, the garage door is also important, a strong door like the ones at http://www.clboverheaddoorsllc.com is necessary for any garage.

Andrew Cowan

They should not take this

They should not take this decision because the local community does not support it. However, now lots of housing projects are being launched to fulfill the growing demand for quality housing. These days one can find furniture, decor items for their home online, not just that but one can also find items like flooring products online at http://www.matsfloorsmore.com/.

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