VALDOSTA -- Members of the Valdosta City Council discussed improving the Five-Points area Tuesday evening by allowing the property at 2913 North St. street to be redeveloped into an area to allow retail stores, office space, and an upscale restaurant with a lounge.

Mickey Rhoades, associate planner with the South Georgia Regional Development Center, said if one building gets remodeled, hopefully others will catch on.

Councilman Joseph "Sonny" Vickers, District 3, said he was in favor of improving the Five-Points area.

"We need to do everything we can to assist them to get something going in that area," Vickers said.

Councilmen also discussed the rezoning request by Arthur R. Smith to rezone 1.2 acres at the 1200 block of Baytree Road and the 1800 block of Canterbury Drive to allow a Macadoo's fast-food restaurant.

The request would take down three residential homes on Canterbury Drive for construction.

Rhoades said she received a last-minute request from the developer Tuesday afternoon to postpone the item until the Council's Oct. 20 meeting.

Councilmen will vote to table the request during their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening.

The request was tabled by the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission at its Aug. 29 meeting and also by councilmen at their Sept. 8 meeting.

During their September meeting, Planning Commission members voted to recommend approval for only a Macadoo's fast-food restaurant.

Planning staff said the initial site plan, which asked for Community-Commercial zoning to allow a Macadoo's fast food restaurant and gas station, was "too commercial" for the area.

Rhoades said the staff wanted to keep a buffer of Residential-Professional zoning to protect the bordering neighborhood.

Robert Yost, councilman for District 6, said he would fight to protect the surrounding neighborhoods.

Yost said once the Council sets a precedent for that area, there would be no stopping future commercial rezoning.

Councilmen will vote on these items during Thursday's meeting held at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

To contact Kenna Walsh, call 244-3400, ext. 237.

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