LOCUST GROVE— A rezoning request was approved Monday by the Locust Grove City Council for a 1-million-square-foot warehouse building.

The “speculative” warehouse, which does not yet have a tenant, will be built on 79 acres west of Interstate 75, in the northwest intersection of Price Road and Bill Gardner Parkway.

Clayco, a real estate, architecture and engineering firm, requested the rezoning of the property from residential agricultural to light manufacturing.

Robert Woeste, a Price Road resident, whose home neighbors the property, spoke against the project during public comments.

“This project being right next to our home will offset our quality of life,” said Woeste. “People will be slowing down in front of my house to turn into the property. I feel the noise will be overwhelming for us.”

From loud truck noise to a worsened air quality and having to cover his home’s windows to block lighting from the warehouse, Woeste said he considered the prospective warehouse an overall disturbance.

Larry Chapman, who identified himself as a a representative of CRG, a Clayco affiliated group, spoke to council on behalf of Clayco.

He said because of the decrease in elevation of the property, the warehouse won’t be visible to neighboring residents and sound and lighting won’t be as burdensome to neighbors.

Furthermore, Chapman said he doubted 1,600 trucks per day would be on the road per day, as indicated in a transportation study.

Councilman Carlos Greer asked about the number of jobs the warehouse will bring. Chapman said hundreds of jobs could be located in the warehouse if the tenant is not an e-commerce company, which would likely bring in between 50 and 100 jobs.

According to list of zoning conditions, the developer would be responsible for paving Price Road and realigning it to connect with Strong Rock Parkway. The intersection would be signalized with a traffic light, in which the costs will be shared with the city. There will be a left turn lane on Bill Gardner Parkway at the Strong Rock Parkway intersection onto the realigned Price Road.

In addition, Bill Gardner Parkway from Price Drive to I-75 will need to be paved with more asphalt to handle the extra truck traffic.

The developer will also be required to install a 75-foot buffer along residential-zoned properties and submit a lighting plan.

In a prior statement to the Henry Herald, Mike Demperio, southeastern regional partner for Clayco, said once approved, the company will begin marketing the facility for occupancy. He expected construction to begin within two months of approval.

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