WOODSTOCK — A three-story medical office building could soon be built on Rope Mill Road and annexed into Woodstock, after the City Council considers the plans for the building Dec. 16.
The developer’s requests for an annexation, rezoning and variances were unanimously recommended with conditions Thursday by the Woodstock Planning Commission, with the exception of Robert Tidwell, who was absent, and David Hacker, who recused himself from the vote.
Since the proposal was tabled last month, developers changed the plan to move the building westward about 20 feet, away from the Montclair at Ridgewalk subdivision across the street. Some residents there have raised concerns about the view from their neighborhood if the building is completed, and a few returned to Thursday’s planning commission meeting.
In their last meeting of the year, planning commissioners took a recess to work out final design suggestions with developer Jeff Pittman of Piedmont Capital Partners to come up with a motion to vote on.
At issue was the layout of a proposed Greenprints trail, trees and lights along Rope Mill Road. Some commissioners suggested that the city require street lights to be installed near the sidewalk, which was included in the final conditions despite the developer’s objections that the street lights weren’t discussed earlier. Commissioners recommended that the project follow the streetscape layout and street light designs at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, where trees and lights line a small green strip on the outside of the sidewalk, next to the road.
“I feel like the lighting is extremely important,” said Commissioner Renee Gable. “I feel like it’s going to be a continuous aspect of anything that we are doing from this point of Rope Mill all the way into downtown. It needs to be there for the safety and the use of the trail.”
Also at the meeting, commissioners recommended the city council approve plans to build two drive-through restaurants at the site of the vacant Ruby Tuesday on Ga. Highway 92. Variance requests for the project include 50 parking spaces, which is more than the city’s maximum of 34, but less than the current number by 56%.