Savannah City Council OKs rezoning area of Presidents Street - WFSB 3 Connecticut

City Council OKs rezoning area of Presidents Street

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

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.

"Certainly more 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 Harold Yellin.

Now the zoning will go back to the Metropolitan Planning Commission for a specific development plan approval.

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