Lawrenceville approves rezoning

LAWRENCEVILLE - Based on a revised site plan, the Lawrenceville City Council Monday approved rezoning of six acres at Papermill and Springlake roads for a 30,000-square-foot shopping center.

The property was rezoned from a medium-density residential category that would have allowed development of 12 multifamily units per acre to business neighborhood.

The revisions included breaking the shopping center's principal structure into three buildings. Councilman P.K. Martin, who made the motion to approve the rezoning based on the revised plan, stipulated the use of construction materials and architectural treatments that fit into the residential character of the neighborhood.

The center will be required to have 40-foot buffers on all sides including 15 feet of sloped landscaping to screen the center from existing and future residential uses and a detention pond located outside of the buffers. In addition, trees will have to be planted and sidewalks installed along Papermill Road.

The decision on the rezoning was 3-1 with Councilwoman Judy Jordan Johnson casting the dissenting vote.

Attorney Jason Mirabella, who represented the rezoning applicant and current property owner Kathy D. Bumgarner, said the center will have "craftsman-style architecture to blend in with the residential area."

The property is under contract contingent on the rezoning, and the shopping center will be owner-occupied, Mirabella said. The purchaser intends to operate a sit-down Mexican restaurant as the anchor in the center, he said, and will have a vested interest in the success of the development. Potential tenants, he said, include an ice cream parlor and other family-oriented businesses.

Final plans will come back before the planning commission and the City Council before building permits for the center are granted.