Zoning changed for Fayetteville education center

The Southern Conservation Trust is turning a former private home into an office and education center. Courtesy SCT
The Southern Conservation Trust is turning a former private home into an office and education center. Courtesy SCT

Credit: Courtesy Southern Conservation Trust

Credit: Courtesy Southern Conservation Trust

A former residence and the 3.2 acres it sits on in Fayetteville have been rezoned for commercial use. The City Council approved the change 5-0 after a second public hearing at its June 3 meeting. The house and barn at 305 Beauregard Ave., near Stonewall Avenue and South Glynn Street, were purchased by the nonprofit Southern Conservation Trust in 2019 for use as the organization’s new headquarters. As the group prepares to reopen the site as an environmental educational and events center, the city initiated the rezoning process to change the property’s designation from R-30 single-family residential to C-1 Downtown Historic Mixed Use. The rezoning was endorsed by the Planning and Zoning Commission on April 27.

David Rast, the city’s director of community and economic development, said the rezoning was necessary for the property to now be used as intended. He said it is possible that other adjacent properties might also be rezoned, based on future land use guidelines being developed for the greater downtown area.

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