Rezoning paves way for new retail complex
by Neil McGahee
Jul 18, 2014 | 2435 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A spate of zoning and rezoning requests before the Cartersville City Council Thursday night was the first step toward building a new 200,000-square-foot shopping center in Cartersville. The center, being developed by R.H. Ledbetter Properties of Rome, will be located on the south side of East Main Street stretching from Starbucks to near Avonlea Highlands apartments. A four-story, 80-room hotel — Home2Suites by Hilton — and a relocated Kroger will anchor the development according to Randy Mannino, Cartersville’s planning and development director.

Ledbetter also developed Cartersville’s Main Street Shopping Center, anchored by Publix, Target, T.J. Maxx, Belk, Staples and Pier I and Main Street Commons, which includes Kohl’s, IHOP, Chili’s and Steak ‘n Shake.

Cartersville Superintendent of Schools Howard Hinesley introduced Marc Feuerbach, the new principal at Cartersville High School.

“Marc is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida,” Hinesley said. “He is a graduate of the University of Florida and he leaves tomorrow to go to Valdosta State to defend the first three chapters of his dissertation. He has five years teaching experience, two years as an assistant high school principal, three years as a middle school principal and one year as an elementary school principal. We feel he will be a tremendous asset to our school and our community.”

A request for a special use application drew opposition from a neighbor.

Cortney Hultman, owner of Moore’s Market, 221 Fite St., asked council for permission to tear down a house adjacent to the restaurant and add 16 parking spaces. All traffic would then be routed one way through the lot exiting on Walker Street.

But Berian Templeton speaking for her grandmother Emma Templeton, who lives at 4 Walker St., said the plan would disrupt her grandmother’s life.

“We have a particular concern about the use of this property being turned into a parking lot,” she said. “It’s already very tight traffic and adding more lots would make it even tighter. Sometimes she has to go out of her way just to be able to get into her driveway.”

Templeton said the planned expansion would escalate an already present noise situation, which could lower property values.

Mayor Matt Santini assured Templeton that her concerns would be addressed by the next council meeting.

Downtown Development Authority director Tara Currier requested a festival zone be created for the August First Friday event.

“This First Friday event will feature various activities, vendors and a concert at Friendship Plaza,” she said, “and alcohol will be sold from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.”

The motion passed unanimously.

In other business, the Cartersville City Council:

• Approved an annual contract upgrade with USA Software and the police department.

• Approved the purchase of a fiber optic fusion splicer.

• Authorized placing a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot asking if the city should issue $8.2 million in 10-year recreational facilities bonds.

• Approved the purchase of a maintenance truck.

The Cartersville City Council will meet again on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.