Planning Commission Green Lights Apartment Complex Plans

By
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Wed, Jan 11, 2012 4:36 pm

An Athens businessman has received the go-ahead to tear down a historic building to construct a student apartment complex.

The Athens Planning Commission today approved Ric Wasserman's site plans to use the property on Stimson Avenue for housing units on a 3-2 vote, after as many as four motions attempted to pass the plan.
 
Commission members grappled with the possible parking situation an apartment complex could create on the street.
 
The site has been under scrutiny as some local residents call the current structure, a wine store, a historical landmark.
 
The building was originally used as a livery around the turn of the century.
 
A number of residents attended the meeting to speak out against plans for the complex, including Ron Luce, Executive Director of the Athens County Historical Society.
 
Wasserman said he has no date yet to build the complex.
 
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