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Grayson OKs rezoning on Rock Springs Road

GRAYSON - The Grayson City Council has approved a request to change a 1-acre lot on the corner of Bennett Road and Rock Springs Road from residential zoning to office/institutional zoning.

The lot will now house the offices of developer Tom Perdue's Black Diamond Communities/Grayson Homes LLC. Perdue, who developed Windsor Place and Windsor Creek in Grayson, plans to move his construction offices into the existing house and has no changes planed for the building.

The proposed rezoning met with resistance from only one neighboring homeowner.

"Seems to me like Mr. Purdue and his company are buying up houses one by one," Grayson resident Gloria Crane said. "I am not speaking for myself, but my husband is a longtime resident of Grayson, and I would like to know what is going to happen in the future. It appears to me as if (my husband) might be forced to sell our home."

Council member Suzanne Hawkins responded, saying, "Nobody is going to be made to sell something they don't want to sell. We have not had a single problem with Mr. Purdue or any of the developments he has completed in the city. I think this can only benefit the neighborhood."

The council approved the rezoning with several conditions including that it can only house professional business offices, and no vans or trucks with a weight of more than 2,000 pounds be parked at the building. The house and parking area must be screened and all cars parked in the rear of the house.

The Grayson council also:

•Discussed selections of benches, bike racks and tree grates as a part of the changes approved last month to the Grayson Zoning Ordinances concerning design standards along Ga. Highway 20.

•Approved the purchase of two pet waste disposal stations for Grayson City Park at a cost of $388 each.

•Approved dates for millage rate public hearings for 8 a.m. June 5 and 6 p.m. June 12.

•Asked developer Tom Evans to survey the property line of his development on Ga. Highway 20 and Rosebud Road to determine what trees might have been damaged during preparations to build an outer wall.