The city’s governing body ultimately opted to delay each item for further consideration — in effect granting a reprieve for the respective applicants.
That includes a request for deferral for a long-stalled rezoning campaign at 183 Mystic Place. Council members granted the official applicant, Atlanta cosmetic surgeon Alan N. Larsen, 30 days to continue working out property ownership issues. He was not present at Tuesday’s meeting, but had a legal representative on hand.
The council had the option of denying the petition — for the development of an office building at the site — altogether, effectively forcing its proponents to begin the process anew in 12 months.
“I think that given the fact that the applicant is not here today, a 30-day deferral is appropriate because that gives him an opportunity to come back to withdraw or we could take action,” said District 2 Councilman Ken Dishman.
In a 5-1 vote, District 5 Councilman Tibby DeJulio was the lone dissenter, citing a perceived state of disorder regarding the ownership wrangling involved.
Another previously aired zoning issue brought before the council involved petitioner Tabula Rasa Preschool and its status on the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church campus at 5855 Riverside Drive. The council voted 6-0 to grant the school a 60-day deferral to straighten out matters.
The Diocese for the Presbyterian Church announced late last year it is closing the church. Tabula Rasa, for its part, has expressed interest in increasing its enrollment and expanding its facilities there as well as possibly purchasing the property outright.
“Supposedly, in mid-February, there may be another church entity that comes in,” said attorney Pete Hendricks, who is representing the school. “The same framework would stay in place, where the applicant would share space with the church. … Alternatively, there may not be another church entity coming in and the applicant would be able to step up as the purchaser of the entire property.
“[During] the 60 days, we’ll let it all play out.”