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Jonesboro OKs zoning request for church move

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Jonesboro City Councilmembers raise their hands to vote in favor of a conditional use permit request, which would allow Jonesboro Church of God and Christ to move into a building that also houses Swint’s Feed and Garden Supply.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Jonesboro City Councilmembers raise their hands to vote in favor of a conditional use permit request, which would allow Jonesboro Church of God and Christ to move into a building that also houses Swint’s Feed and Garden Supply.

The Jonesboro City Council cleared the way for the Jonesboro Church of God and Christ to move a few blocks down North Main Street, to a location closer to the heart of the city, on Monday.

The council voted unanimously to approve a conditional use request, to let the church move from 7718B North Main St., to a vacant space in a building located at 252 North Main St.

City officials have explained that the church was looking to move, in an effort to obtain more affordable rent.

The building the church is moving to is zoned for a “highway commercial district,” and is anchored by Swint’s Feed and Garden Supply. It is owned by Swint’s Feed Owner Willis Swint, and his son, Roger.

Because of the building’s zoning classification, the council had to grant a special permit, to allow the church to make its move. “They [the church] can move in whenever their rental agreement starts,” declared Mayor Joy Day.

The council’s vote to approve the zoning request came after councilmembers asked only a few questions during a presentation on the issue, and expressed no qualms about it, during a work session last week. Some said they saw the church’s move as something that would help the Swint family with the building’s operating expenses.

Tanama Tanning Salon Owner John Crane told councilmembers, on Monday, that neighboring businesses also had no qualms with the church’s move. Tanama is located across North Main Street from Swint’s Feed and Garden Supply.

“I’ve talked around,” Crane said. “Nobody seems to have an issue with it. I don’t have an issue, as long as it doesn’t impact my parking, and I’ve been assured it won’t.”

In other city business, the council set April 28 as the date for this year’s Jonesboro Days, so it could coincide with the town’s recognition of Georgia Cities Week.

Councilmember Joe Compton volunteered to oversee planning for Jonesboro Days, in conjunction with Councilmember Pat Sebo.

The council also voted to authorize Day to sign a contract with Clayton County, to receive $178,800, in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The money is to cover the cost of the city’s recently completed Irvin Street drainage project. The vote was unanimous.

Day said the contract is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the CDBG program.