Winners of the 2011 Community Pride Design Awards were announced Thursday during a Columbia County Planning Commission meeting.
In the commercial division, Arby’s in the Gateway shopping center came in first. Four Seasons Landscaping in Grovetown and the Gateway outlet shops tied for second.
Town Park Boulevard medical centers Pediatric Partners and Advanced Pain Management took first and second place, respectively, in the professional category.
The votes of 60 people in the community decided the winners in the contest, said county Planning Manager Nayna Mistry.
Residents were asked to make their choice based on character, overall design and quality of the development.
Planning commissioners also approved adding townhomes behind the Kennametal plant on Old Evans Road.
The front and middle portions of the 23.5-acre property will remain zoned for general industrial, while a back section will now be reserved for 60 townhomes, with a density of eight units per acre.
“There would be a lot of undeveloped land left on the property,” said project engineer Bill Corder, speaking on behalf of the landowner.
The planning commission voted 3-0 to approve the rezoning. Vice chairman Jim Cox abstained from voting because of a professional relationship with the developer.