Doug Currier, Director of the Upson County Building and Zoning Department issued the following press release Friday afternoon:
This afternoon, the Upson County Building and Zoning Department received a request from Zimmerman Properties’ Southeast Region office in Montgomery Alabama, to remove its rezoning request from the Tuesday, May 13 Upson County Board of Commissioners regular meeting agenda. Mr. Matt Edwards, Vice President of Development – Southeast Region, explained that Zimmerman Properties did not receive its HOME request (low income housing loan and tax credit incentives) from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. As a result, the low income housing project is not financially feasible.
Zimmerman Properties had proposed the rezoning of 11.5 acres of property fronting on E. Main Street, west of Knight Trail, from A-R (Agricultural-Residential) to P-R (Planned Development-Residential). The property, owned by R&D Grain and Trading Company, is located in unincorporated Upson County. The development proposal entailed the construction of four, two story apartment buildings with sixteen units per building. The government housing program incentives that were planned to be used to leverage the project would have required renting the units to low income-qualified residents.