Hinesville City Council approved the rezoning of 2.74 acres of land at 513 South Main Street from residential to commercial at its recent meeting.
The owner, Emesa Rentals, LLC, wants the property located behind Kroger across from the medical plaza, to be the site of a new medical facility for approximately six physicians.
The decision to approve the rezoning was in part due to an analysis presented at the meeting stating that due to the increase in traffic along South Main Street, the area is no longer desirable for residential use.
A few residents of adjoining properties attempted to persuade the Council to vote against the rezoning. The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission (LCPC) likewise recommended on Oct. 15 the Council disapprove the request, but both parties were unsuccessful.
The Council also approved the purchase of replacement diffusers for the Hinesville/Fort Stewart wastewater treatment plant. The diffusers will be purchased from Palm Coast Utilities for $56,870.
Several Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant roadwork projects have been completed with five other projects still in progress. Work on Bradwell Street from Lakeview Drive to the stop sign is still in progress, so is work on South Main from MLK Drive to Stewart Way, Fritts Ct from Paul Caswell to the dead end, Adams Ct from Madison Drive to its dead end, and Pineview from Olive Street to Madison Street.
Councilmembers Diane Reid and Keith Jenkins suggested certain streets they said warranted attention. It was stated by presenting Civil Engineer Paul Simonton that a list of Hinesville streets would be prepared, and later analyzed to determine priority levels. He also informed them some roads receive more damage than others and need continuous rework.
City Council approved Resolution No. 2019-32 of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is carried out in Georgia by the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.
The program funds projects that could reduce federal spending during future disasters. The amount granted by the program can’t exceed $93,750 with a required match of no more than $31,250.
The money will be used to replace a generator at the Airport Road well, officials said.