New apartments on the way

Published 6:19 pm Friday, October 23, 2015

Tuesday evening, the Bainbridge City Council unanimously approved a property rezoning request that will allow for 14 apartment units to be built in Bainbridge.

Developer Ronnie Cox requested his 1.16-acre vacant lot on Caroline Street be re-zoned from Highway Commercial to Urban Residential.

“Our comprehensive plan recognizes the need for additional housing. The planning board recommends accepting his request,” Councilman Luther Conyers said on behalf of the Planning Commission before making the motion to approve the request. Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer provided the second.

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Cox will partner with Hand Construction Company to build two two-story buildings, one with eight units and the other with six. A shared parking lot is planned to sit in between the two buildings.

According to his application, Cox planned to begin development as soon as re-zoning was approved and said that the growth of Bainbridge State College gives supporting grounds for the development.

The two-building complex will have two- and three-bedroom units, each with two bathrooms.

According to the city’s recently updated comprehensive plan, “A range of housing size, cost and density should be provided in each community to make it possible for all who working the community … to promote a mixture of income and age groups in each community, and to provide a range of housing choices to meet market needs.”