By Pat Cooper
It was only a workshop, but that doesn’t mean nothing got accomplished. The Peachtree City Planning Commission got a first look at a couple of items that will definitely enlarge the business footprint in the city.
Gerresheimer-Wilden Plastics was asking for an approval to add several buildings to their already sizeable site. According to city planner David Rast, the expansion of the warehouse on the 16-acre property will add some 182,645 square feet off Highway 74 in the city’s industrial park. The property, already zoned for the proposed expansion, won’t require any approval from the city council when planners approve the final site plan.
Gerresheimer is an internationally leading manufacturer of high-quality specialty products made of glass and plastic for the global pharma and healthcare industry. Their products extend from pharmaceutical vials to complex drug delivery systems such as syringe systems, insulin pens and inhalers for safe medication dosage and application.
Another big impact proposal would be for a new World Gym facility on Highway 54 in Lexington Circle, across from the Publix shopping center. The proposed development would include a freestanding 21,875 square foot fitness center and a total of 102 on site parking spaces which are in addition to those already in place along Lexington Circle, according to the proposal put forth to the commission. Access to the property would be from the existing traffic circle on Lexington Circle
The Limited Use Commercial zoning backs up to the Lexington Village townhome development on the north and the Governor’s Row subdivision to the west.
The proposal, according to general contractor Chuck Ogletree, would replace the facility already on Highway 54, near the Peachtree City Dive Center.
Commissioners were generally supportive of the proposal.
“This is going to be a great thing to do here,” noted commissioner David Conner and commission chairman Frank DeStadio added that he was “glad to see something going in there. It’s a great idea.”
The one project that perhaps isn’t yet being considered a good idea is the proposal to build a Fairfield Inn within the Wisdom Point retail center off Hwy. 74 North at Wisdom Road.
The applicant is proposing an 81-room, four story facility on the 2.8 acre general commercial site.The current zoning, however, prohibits a building over 35 feet in height.
It’s not the first time the hotel chain has attempted to build on this site. Nearly a decade ago, the proposal was turned down by the city council.
According to architect Daniel Lemburg, the proposal wasn’t feasible at the time it was proposed.
“Times have changed and I think we can make good use of the property.”
The developer is looking for a rezoning to LLC, which would allow for a building of no more than 60 feet high as well as a little more tweaking to help hide the problems seen from the back of the contiguous strip mall. Lemberg is recommending losing some of the width of the building as well as some of the originally planned rear parking to get the extra height on the building.