Nov. 12 – A rezoning application to permit a 300-unit apartment complex next to Glynn Middle School was withdrawn at a Wednesday meeting of the Brunswick Planning and Appeals Board due to concerns from city staff.
The package at 503 Lanier Blvd. and 1555 Fourth Ave. is immediately south of the Glynn Middle ball fields.
The planning commission only has the power to make recommendations to the municipal commission.
Planning, Development and Codes Director John Hunter said his office was unsure whether the roads and drainage infrastructure could support such massive development.
“It’s about double our density,” Hunter told The News in an interview on Thursday. “Could it support everything needed for storm water runoff, parking, all the infrastructure? Can you work with a site this size? From what I’ve seen, I don’t think 300 units could fit effectively and meet all our requirements.
“Putting so many units on this size of property, looking at the surrounding streets, the surrounding stormwater situation, it all adds up.”
The property’s current zoning only allows for commercial development, he said. The previous owner intended to build a restaurant and convenience store.
Hunter said the plaintiff, M&P Development LLC, withdrew its application to address the city’s concerns. The company will try to prepare it for the next planning commission meeting on December 14, he said.
On the application, Brad Piazza of Port City Partners is listed as managing partner of M&P Development.
Port City has been involved in other developments in Brunswick. One was a renovation of the interior of a building in the 200 block of Gloucester Street across from the Brunswick-Glynn County Library into lofts and retail/restaurant spaces. Another is the Queen and Grant, a wedding venue at 1311 and 1315 Grant St.
According to the request, the complex would have five floors with a parking space on the ground floor and a living space on the upper four floors. The total height of the structure would be approximately 72 feet.
“Shade structures and other rooftop equipment will not be included in building height calculations,” the request states.
In other matters, the planning commission voted to recommend city commissioners approve a rezoning at 2307 Gloucester St., where a developer plans to build a 170-unit apartment complex.
The property is the former site of a Days Inn, Hunter said. The owner combined the former Days Inn land with another parcel immediately adjacent, increasing the project site from 2.46 acres to 2.7 acres, he said.
The rezoning application would bring the additional parcel into the same zoning standards of the original site.