Board of appeals grants parking variance for Exit 29 dentist office

Glynn County’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted Thursday to allow a new commercial building planned for Exit 29 of Interstate 95 to get away with fewer parking spaces than would normally be required.

The building, slated for the corner of Southport Parkway and Candler Drive, would contain three retail or office units and a dentist’s office.

Mainland Planning Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the commercial building’s site plan, which only included half the parking spaces needed for a new Satilla Family Dentistry office. The required parking was provided for the three retail units.

The MPC couldn’t grant a variance for the reduced parking, however. That decision needed to be made at the board of appeals’ Thursday meeting.

Diana Cicchiello, the dentist at and owner of Satilla Family Dentistry, made the case that the county’s ordinances lumped dentist offices in with other medical facilities and that her office wouldn’t need nearly as much parking as a hospital or medical clinic.

The board voted 3-0 to grant the variance. Paul Fisher abstained, as he had been a patient of Cicchiello in the past. Walter Rafolski was absent.

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