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Midway apartment complex gets OKs
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Midway’s city council Monday accepted changes planned for the 60-unit Live Oak Villa apartment complex and delayed approval of Phase II of the Auburn Ridge Subdivision.

Live Oak Villa will be in nine buildings on a 17-acre site between U.S. Highway 17 and Butler Road, the main street of Midway’s business district.

A clubhouse will include a business center, library and multi-purpose room. There will be a bocce ball court and a playground.

The complex is in the U.S. Highway 84 Gateway Corridor and the Gateway review board last month approved changes in the preliminary plans including elimination of five pocket parks and details of lighting, sidewalks, bike racks and ADA access. The council adopted the review board’s provisions.

Dryden Enterprises had requested rezoning and annexation for 24 lots in Phase II of the Auburn Ridge Subdivision on Bill Carter Road near U.S. Highway 84.

Council members and citizens who spoke during the public hearing portion of the meeting expressed concern about increased traffic and other effects of increased development. The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission’s Melissa Jones said traffic would peak around 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. but that 24 homes would not produce excessive traffic.

Midway Mayor Clemontine Washington pointed out that school buses would be using Bill Carter Road at some peak times.

Councilman Curtes Roberts said, "I think the council has heard enough concerns that we should table this," and the action was rescheduled until the council’s October meeting. The annexation petition accompanying the rezoning will also be considered next month.

The council accepted bids for three projects under the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program. Six inches of crush-and-run gravel will be placed on Windy Oaks Court and John Bacon Road. The third LMIG project is putting new sidewalks along U.S. Highway 17 and repairing existing sidewalks there.

The council accepted an LCPC recommendation to allow two signs publicizing hiring at the Target distribution center just outside Midway’s city limits. One sign will be at Sparker’s and the other at Midway Station.

Business licenses were approved for At Your Service home inspections and Leron Auto Detailing.

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