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City draws line in sand on Centennial Village plan
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The would-be developer of the Centennial Village housing project got a take-it-or-leave-it zoning deal from Conyers City Council Wednesday night after months of negotiations ended in a stalemate.

Developer R.J. Fields “implored” the council for a better deal, and it is unclear what he will do now. But the council made it clear the city won’t bend zoning restrictions further for the project.

“We’ve got a pretty hefty investment out there we’ve got to protect,” said Councilman Gerald Hinesley.

The 29-lot subdivision at 1581 Centennial Parkway N.E. was originally planned in 2005 under tight zoning restrictions to guarantee high-quality housing. The property abuts both the Georgia International Horse Park and Cherokee Run Golf Club.

The rezoning approved for the property loosened some of the aesthetic restrictions. But a sticking point is a requirement for at least half of each house’s exterior to be covered in pricey real brick or stone. Fields offered a lesser percentage.

“This is a quality product,” Fields said of his plans.

The council voted down, 3-2, a motion to give the negotiations another month. The council then unanimously approved the rezoning plan as-is.

In other council business:

-    The council approved a new contract for the food and beverage provider at the Horse Park. Proof of the Pudding by MGR, Inc., of Atlanta has had the contract for 10 years and was the only bidder for a new contract. The five-year contract, with a five-year renewal option, begins Jan. 1 and includes $60,000 in equipment upgrades.
-    The council tightened zoning restrictions on personal care homes in response to an increase in such homes for seniors, according to city planning director Marvin Flanigan. The restrictions include requiring such homes to be at least