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Plantation could see new life as event center

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A non-profit group is hoping to change a southwest Georgia plantation into an event center.

Organizers with New Communities, Inc. plan to re-zone 41 acres of the Cypress Pond Plantation for indoor and outdoor events around the main house.

Planners say the 12,000 sq. ft. building would be ideal for weddings, reunions and other social events. But neighboring residents, who spoke at the meeting, worry about potential noise and light disturbances that could be brought by utilizing the house as an event center.

"It's important that with this zoning, as well as the event center, that we ensure the residents around do not have a negative impact," said Chairman Jeff Sinyard with Dougherty County Board of Commissioners.

The planning commission unanimously approved the request submitted by New Communities, Inc. Owner Charles Sherrod in a previous meeting. Organizers say the plans could utilize a strong southwest Georgia resource to draw tourism and economic development.

Commissioners will visit the property and weigh some of the neighborhood's concerns before further discussing it at a public hearing on Dec. 16th.

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