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Jan. 3 – JEA seeks to straighten out zoning to allow for “modest expansion” on Abercorn Street

Category: Commercial Real Estate

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

January 3, 2017 – The Jewish Education Alliance, operator of the JEA Center at 51111 Abercorn Street, will be on the agenda of the Savannah City Council Thurs. Jan. 5 at 2:00 p.m., seeing a zoning change.

Represented by Atty. Harold Yellin, the JEA is requesting to rezone 5111 Abercorn Street from the current R-M-25 (Multifamily, 25 units per acre) zoning classification to an O-I (Office Institutional) zoning classification.

The Jewish Educational Alliance has been in continuous operation for more than 60 years as a non-conforming use, according to Yellin.

“Many of the activities associated with the civic center function (including physical therapy, theatrical performances and large-scale commercial day care) are not permitted within a multifamily residential zoning district, but have been operated as nonconforming uses on this site without negative impact for decades,” according to the City staff’s report to the Council in Thursday’s Agenda packet.

The proposed map amendment will bring the uses of the property into compliance with the zoning on the property as shown on the Future Land Use Map, and will allow for modest expansion of the uses.

City Staff and the MPC recommend approval of the request to rezone 5111 Abercorn Street from the current R-M-25 (Multifamily, 25 units per acre) classification to an O-I (Office-Institutional) classification based on the previously stated findings.

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