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In the middle of the Feb. 17 Watkinsville City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Smith released on Facebook a memo urging the city council to place a moratorium on zoning and variance approvals until five of his personal goals for the city are accomplished. 

Near the end of that same meeting, agents for a developer of senior living facilities presented concept plans for a multi-story, 60-unit building at the intersection of Water and Durham streets. The project would require zoning and variance approval at a future meeting.

The residential development would cover about 66,000 square feet within 8.7 acres. The building will be 3 stories high, although the developers plan to use the topography of the land to create a daylight-basement instead of a retaining wall to manage the grade differential. This change makes the rear of the building four stories. 

For more on this story, see the Feb. 25 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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