Columbia Star

Forest Acres considering zone change for former Wells Fargo site

The Forest Acres City Council at its monthly meeting on January 14 held a public hearing about rezoning the former Wells Fargo bank site at the corner of Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard from C- 1 to C-3.

According to Forest Acres city manager Shaun Greenwood, changing the zoning to C-3 would allow for a greater variety of uses. Discussions about making a multi-bay retail center on the 1.07 acre site have been ongoing, but no firm plan has been decided regarding its use.

“It’s a very busy corner,” Greenwood said. “There is a lot of interest in the property.”

The public hearing garnered some questions, but did not have anyone speaking in opposition to the rezoning proposal.

The council also discussed without decision a possible ordinance that would limit the hours fireworks could be set off in the city limits. Some options discussed were July 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on New Year’s Eve and Day from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Council asked for more input to discuss at the March meeting.

The council also hammered out the composition of the members of the Hospitality Tax Committee. The chairman will be a city council member, and four at-large members can apply for and be selected. All but one must be a Forest Acres resident. The remaining position could be filled by a non-city resident who has business interest in Forest Acres. The application can be found online at Form).pdf.

In other business, the council:

• Discussed whether or not there are any plans to renovate or improve Trenholm Park. “We have been talking to parks and recreation about its strategic plan for the park and our potential role in that,” Greenwood said.

• Held a public hearing about annexing a property at 6601 Eastbrook Road into the city.

• Approved on second hearing an ordinance to annex 6900 LongBrook Road into the city.

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