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Neighbors against possible rezoning

Some people living in one Warner Robins neighborhood are up in arms over possible rezoning that would allow contactors to develop an apartment complex.

James Dennis has lived on Wynn Place in Warner Robins for 38 years. "The favorite thing about this neighborhood is I know everybody that lives here. We see each other drive by or whatever it is, and we never fail to wave at each other," said Dennis.

Dennis loves his neighborhood the way it is and doesn't want it to change. That's why he and some of his neighbors are opposed to possible rezoning plans.

According to Warner Robins Planning and Zoning meeting documents, LRG Construction Services wants to rezone some land allowing them to develop apartments, single-family homes and town homes. They could include what's called section 221 homes, or partially HUD financed housing for moderate income families, elderly, and the disabled.

Five parcels of land would be rezoned, which equals a little more than 25 acres.

Fernando Hernandez said he got a letter from the company offering to buy his home if the rezoning is approved. It details what the possible plans for development.

"180 apartments plus, and 2 or 3 other clauses in the same contract. He says that he will not buy my home unless he can secure HUD funding for this apartment complex project," said Hernandez.

Hernandez worries about safety.

"These apartments that are proposed to be built would even bring more crime to the neighborhood," he said.

Cecil Young said having an apartment complex built right next to his home, with the entrance at the end of what's now a dead-end street, means increased traffic.

"And when they start the construction, every morning at 6 o'clock you know there's gonna be trucks going up and down the road," said Young.

At the last Planning and Zoning meeting on March 11, Beck Cox, assistant city engineer, said there will be a traffic study. The request for rezoning was tabled by the commission so the developer could bring more information.

A petition has been circulating around the neighborhood in opposition of the project. The next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 Tuesday at Warner Robins City Hall. Councilman Clifford Holmes said he has spoken to some of the residents, and supports them in their efforts.


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