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Barrow to consider rezoning land for proposed cultural arts center

WINDER - Barrow County could take another step toward making the proposed cultural arts center a reality Tuesday. Commissioners will vote whether to rezone 89.8 acres at Ga. highways 316 and 53 from agriculture to commercial to build a $10.5 million cultural arts/convention center. The center would be built through an intragovernmental agreement in which Barrow County's school system, and county government would combine their resources to build a center that would service schools, government and private functions.

Commissioners will also vote whether to rezone 155.5 acres next to the proposed cultural arts center from agriculture to light manufacturing uses.

"It would be an industrial park designed to recruit industry," County Commission Chairman Doug Garrison said.

The following rezonings appear on Tuesday night's agenda. The planning department recommends approval of all projects and the Future Land Use Map shows the areas as low-density residential.

' 2.59 acres at the corner of Matthew School and Williams roads from agriculture to commercial. The owner, Ludger Lanthier, intends to build a building in which to store heavy equipment.

' From agriculture to residential, 2 acres on Ross Road to build a single-family home.

' From agriculture to residential, 1 acre at 52 Nunnally Road to build a single-family home.

In other business, commissioners expect to reach a settlement with the Barber Creek Land company, thereby avoiding potential litigation in superior court. At issue is the county's need for a sewer easement that would cross some of the Georgia Club property, Garrison said.

SideBar: If you go

' What: Barrow County Board of Commissioners meeting

' When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

' Where: County Annex, 233 E. Broad St., Winder