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Developer asks Lee Co. commissioners for support to build new apartment complex

LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Developers want to build a 20-million dollar apartment complex in Lee County, but they say county rules are making it too difficult.

Jim Bacon with Oakland Plantation Partners tonight asked county commissioners for help to get the major project going.

He says it would bring a lot of revenue to the county.

Jim Bacon told commissioners he and the owner of Creekwood apartments want to build about 240 units that would be gated, and have amenities like a pool and community room.

But he says fees to tap into county sewer and water lines are enormously high in Lee county.

Bacon says it would cost more than a million dollars compared to $200,000 in Albany or 40,000 in Columbus.

“I need their support for this project, and I really and truely feel if they get excited about this project then if they get on board with agreeing and understanding that we have issues that need to be dealt with then they can provide the resources and Ron Rabun is an excellent resource,” says Jim Bacon, an Oakland Plantation Partner.

Ron Rabun is the Lee County Manager.

Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge confirmed to me tonight that Lee County's fees may be hindering development.

He said county commissioners will look into the matter, and work with the Lee County Utility Authority to come up with a solution.

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