Plans are in the works to put an apartment complex on Presidents Street - the same spot where a previous complex was affected by a massive chemical explosion nearly 20 years ago.
The developers are trying to change the zoning on the property. The property at one point was rezoned to house a Costco, which never ended up going up. Now the developer wants to change to it to become residential.
The Savannah City Council
approved to rezone 2010 East Presidents Street from residential to commercial.
The rezoning is needed to move forward with a 300-unit apartment building located
less than 2 miles from downtown Savannah.
However this remains
an industrial area. The neighboring plant does not manufacture any chemicals. It's
a holding terminal to transport them. The developers' lawyer said the company
has done is research and this is a perfectly safe location.
hazardous materials exist everywhere. Having said that, the petitioner has done
its homework. They've checked with every agency that they can talk to they
checked with every insurance agency that they know to talk to. They're very
comfortable with the property next door," said the Mariner Group's lawyer
Now the zoning will go back to the Metropolitan Planning Commission for a specific development plan approval.
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