proposed bank

The Islands Planning Commission will be considering a proposed bank site plan proposal on property on Frederica Road Tuesday.

The owner of a Frederica Road lot on St. Simons Island, for which a Flash Foods gas station was once proposed, is now seeking to build a bank on the same lot.

In February 2015, a crowd in excess of 300 gathered in St. William Catholic Church to hear the Islands Planning Commission’s verdict on the controversial gas station site plan proposed for 1795 Frederica Road. County documents have also listed the site address as 1801 Frederica Road.

The IPC denied the site plan. In response, Flash Foods — along with two other stakeholders in the project, S.P. Frederica and Peach Consolidated, both LLCs — filed a lawsuit against Glynn County and the IPC shortly after in March 2015.

Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley held multiple hearings on the case, the last being on May 21. Mike Conner, attorney for the plaintiffs, said they wanted to put the lawsuit on hold to pursue a site plan for a Prime South Bank on the property.

Kelley agreed, making a note to check back in on the case in six months.

The bank site plan shows a roughly 4,600 square-foot building and 23 parking spaces. One entrance is shown to be on Frederica Road, with two connecting to a road behind the building.

In other business, the IPC is expected to hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to the Glynn County Commission on the proposed St. Simons Island tree ordinance.

The proposed ordinance would only apply to St. Simons Island and is intended to preserve a minimum of 50 percent of the island’s tree canopy.

Mainland Planning Commissioners recommended approval of the new ordinance on Wednesday, and the county commission is scheduled to hold another public hearing on it at its Thursday meeting.

Also on the agenda is an event venue proposed for the north end of St. Simons Island. The venue is currently the subject of two lawsuits lodged in Glynn County Superior Court.

The IPC denied a site plan proposal for the venue in April. Michelle Hagin, who owns the property, claims the IPC’s denial was in error.

The IPC is also expected to consider two village preservation district applications.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Sea Palms Resort’s ballroom, 515 N. Windward Dr. on St. Simons Island.

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