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Kia, more development coming to east side

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Oct. 15, 2021 - 5:14 PM

Kia, more development coming to east side

These renderings show the design of the proposed Kia dealership in the Thomas Crossroads area.

A Kia dealership is coming to the Thomas Crossroads area, and new developments are proposed for the intersections of Highway 154 and Willis Road, and Poplar Road and Highway 16.

Rezoning for Lou Sobh Kia was approved last week by the Coweta County Board of Commissioners. The dealership will be located across from Glenda Trace and next door to U-Haul.

A public hearing on the Willis Road project will be held at Tuesday's commission meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and is held in the county commission chambers, upstairs at 37 Perry St.

Angler Investments is requesting to have the 3-acre tract on the northeast corner of Poplar and Highway 16 rezoned from RC rural conservation to C-6, commercial minor shopping district. The application says the rezoning is for "office, retail and service uses" and the application shows a site plan with one 14,000-square-foot building and 76 parking spaces.

Clayton Appliances is requesting a change to an existing zoning condition for the 9.6-acre site at Willis Road and Highway 154. The tract is part of a larger, 13.5-acre tract that was zoned C-6 in 2017. A condition of that rezoning limits any single enterprise to no more than 20,000 square feet.

Clayton Appliances wishes to build a 15,000-square-foot retail appliance store with 35,000 square feet of storage and office space.A public hearing was scheduled for Tuesday’s commission meeting but the request has since been withdrawn.

The Kia dealership site is currently owned by LIDL, and was rezoned in 2016 to be the site of a LIDL grocery store and other development. However, the German grocery company significantly scaled back its U.S. expansion strategy, and plans for the Coweta store were scrapped.

Portions of the-4.8 acre tract had been zoned both C-8, Heavy Commercial, and C-3, Commercial Retail. The applicants requested that the C-3 property be rezoned C-8 so that the entire tract would be zoned for a car dealership. The property is surrounded on three sides by an 18-acre tract owned by others.

"This is a great location for the new Kia store," said Steve Ellis, representing the applicants. Kia just rolled out a new dealership design this year, and "it's a great-looking building," he said.

Lou Sobh Automotive requested variances to the county's building materials requirements for the Quality Development Corridor District. The variances would allow the use of Aluminum Composite Material panels and to reduce the amount of "class A" materials on the north elevation (facing Highway 34) from 80 percent to 60 percent. In return, there will be higher levels of class A materials on other sides of the building.

One resident of the adjacent subdivision, Troy Chastine, asked about buffers and a required fence.

The C-3 zoned property which surrounds the Kia tract will be between the dealership and the homes, said Lisa Eschman of the Coweta Community Development Department.

Hours of operation of the dealership will be limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the service department closed on Sundays.