City reviews restaurant plans in Chile

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October 15 — Athens city council on Monday heard demands from a couple of developers with plans to build a restaurant and apartment complex in the city.

The proposed restaurant is Chili’s which could become the last business on East Tyler Street. Council held a public hearing and first reading on a site plan for a property east of St. Edward’s Catholic Church for the purpose of locating the facility.

Scott Deskin of SCC Development has requested action for the property at 904 E. Tyler St., across from Brookshire’s store which, if approved, will divide it into three lots, one of which will be Chili’s site.

Much of the public discussion revolved around the trees that will be removed from Lot 1 to make way for construction.

“They are proposing to remove all existing trees on the site,” said Audrey Sloan, director of development services in Athens.

Mayor Toni Clay asked if some of the trees around the property could be preserved. The developer said he couldn’t because the build would likely kill their root systems.

Citizen Ann Perryman is asking that a particular ripe pecan tree on the west side be saved, if possible, because of its beauty and the shade it provides.

A final reading on the flat is expected on October 25.

Council also held a public hearing and first reading of a zoning change request from Jeff Hygood of GVD Deer Park LLC that would allow the construction of a 128 unit apartment complex on Wood Street. The 8.062 acre lot is across Wood Street from Oak Wood Place Assisted Living. The property is currently owned by the Athens Economic Development Corporation.

Sloan said the current zoning is industrial, as the eight acres are being carved out from a 44-acre section of Athens Industrial Park.

“The site plan consists of six apartment buildings, a clubhouse, swimming pool, playground and dog park,” Sloan said.

The apartments will be one and two bedroom varieties, ranging from 579 square feet to 1,089 square feet.

Oak Wood Place owner David Daniels has spoken in favor of the development.

“We have fully supported it as a citizen of the city of Athens for over 50 years,” Daniels said. “At least since the late 1970s, this is the first new apartment complex that has not had government funding. It will certainly be a great asset to the city and much needed.”

A final reading is expected on October 25.

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