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City finalizes rezoning

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany City Commission voted 6-0 Tuesday to rezone Doublegate Country Club in a move meant to clear the way for an upscale housing development.

Brought by Doublegate officials, the rezoning application will change the property of Old Dawson Road from R-1 (C-8) Single Family Residential District Commercial Recreation District to a C-R, or Community Residential Multiple-Dwelling, District.

The zoning application was approved on the condition that only single-family homes could be built on the property.

That stipulation is meant to keep developers from erecting an apartment complex or large-scale, multi-family dwelling on the parcel, Planning Director Mary Teeter said.

Todd Lanier of Lanier Engineering told the commission the development will be used to help generate funds for much-needed renovations and repairs.

Without the development, the club would likely have to raise fees on its members, he said.

The plan will be to relocate the tennis courts onto the east end of the property where a "family recreation center," will eventually go, Doublegate official George McIntosh said.

The homes will occupy lots that vary from 5,000 to 7,000 square feet and will be priced between $300,000 to $400,000 McIntosh said.

Albany Mayor Willie Adams abstained from voting on the matter because he is a member of the club.