Thunderbolt Residents Sound Off About Proposed Apt. Complex

Thunderbolt, GA (WSAV) – A proposed apartment building is not sitting well with the people in thunderbolt who would live near it. Wednesday night about 200 people packed town hall to speak out against the five story complex.

The developer, Mariner Group, envisions a five story complex with a restaurant and enough apartments for 250 people. But Betty Thomas, who’s owned property beside it since 1952, fears it would destroy the beauty of the neighborhood.
“The racetrack right here might turn into whatcha call it 500?” Thomas said.

Traffic tie-ups are just the start of the headache Thomas imagines when she looks at the rendering of the five story complex proposed by the Atlanta-based developer planned on River Drive, just a stone’s throw from her front yard.

“You can’t say that on TV but Hell no,” Thomas said of the proposal.

The developer’s no stranger to Savannah– right now they’re part of the big apartment complex going up off East President Street. But Thomas and nearly 200 others made it clear to Mariner Group at a planning and zoning commission meeting Wednesday night- they don’t want that kind of thing in Thunderbolt.

“I don’t think they even got the feeling that they were even welcome. I think every now and then they wanted to pick up their stuff and run,” Thomas said.

News 3 tried reaching the developer by phone twice Thursday-but never got a returned call.

If they still want to pursue the project after all the rejection from neighbors, Thomas fears the close-knit community feel out there would fade fast. “With five levels of apartments you’re not even going to be able to peacefully sit in your backyard and have an outing with all the noise out here. From knowing all your neighbors to not knowing any is a big shock,” she said.

Wednesday’s meeting was meant to get a feel on the public’s input. We’ll keep you posted if the developer makes steps to move forward.

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